During the s Messiah was performed increasingly at festivals and cathedrals throughout the country. The orchestra employed was two hundred and fifty strong, including twelve horns, twelve trumpets, six trombones and three pairs of timpani some made especially large.
In continental Europe, performances of Messiah were departing from Handel's practices in a different way: his score was being drastically reorchestrated to suit contemporary tastes. In the 19th century, approaches to Handel in German and English-speaking countries diverged further.
Messiah was presented in New York in with a chorus of and in Boston in with more than In the s and s ever larger forces were assembled. Bernard Shaw , in his role as a music critic, commented, "The stale wonderment which the great chorus never fails to elicit has already been exhausted";  he later wrote, "Why, instead of wasting huge sums on the multitudinous dullness of a Handel Festival does not somebody set up a thoroughly rehearsed and exhaustively studied performance of the Messiah in St James's Hall with a chorus of twenty capable artists?
Most of us would be glad to hear the work seriously performed once before we die. Many admirers of Handel believed that the composer would have made such additions, had the appropriate instruments been available in his day.
One reason for the popularity of huge-scale performances was the ubiquity of amateur choral societies. The conductor Sir Thomas Beecham wrote that for years the chorus was "the national medium of musical utterance" in Britain. However, after the heyday of Victorian choral societies, he noted a "rapid and violent reaction against monumental performances Bourne pioneered revivals of Messiah in Handel's orchestration, and Bourne's work was the basis for further scholarly versions in the early 20th century.
Although the huge-scale oratorio tradition was perpetuated by such large ensembles as the Royal Choral Society , the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Huddersfield Choral Society in the 20th century,  there were increasing calls for performances more faithful to Handel's conception. At the turn of the century, The Musical Times wrote of the "additional accompaniments" of Mozart and others, "Is it not time that some of these 'hangers on' of Handel's score were sent about their business?
With our large choral societies, additional accompaniments of some kind are a necessity for an effective performance; and the question is not so much whether, as how they are to be written. Prout continued the practice of adding flutes, clarinets and trombones to Handel's orchestration, but he restored Handel's high trumpet parts, which Mozart had omitted evidently because playing them was a lost art by In Germany, Messiah was not so often performed as in Britain;  when it was given, medium-sized forces were the norm.
At the Handel Festival held in in Handel's native town, Halle, his choral works were given by a choir of and an orchestra of For example, in , Beecham conducted a recording of Messiah with modestly sized forces and controversially brisk tempi, although the orchestration remained far from authentic. Recordings on LP and CD were preponderantly of the latter type, and the large scale Messiah came to seem old-fashioned.
The cause of authentic performance was advanced in by the publication of a new edition of the score, edited by Watkins Shaw. In the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians , David Scott writes, "the edition at first aroused suspicion on account of its attempts in several directions to break the crust of convention surrounding the work in the British Isles.
Messiah remains Handel's best-known work, with performances particularly popular during the Advent season;  writing in December , the music critic Alex Ross refers to that month's 21 performances in New York alone as "numbing repetition".
Indeed if they are not prepared to grapple with the problems presented by the score they ought not to conduct it. This applies not only to the choice of versions, but to every aspect of baroque practice, and of course there are often no final answers. The numbering of the movements shown here is in accordance with the Novello vocal score , edited by Watkins Shaw, which adapts the numbering earlier devised by Ebenezer Prout.
Scene 1 : Isaiah's prophecy of salvation. Scene 3 : The prophecy of Christ's birth. Scene 4 : The annunciation to the shepherds. Scene 5 : Christ's healing and redemption. Scene 2 : Christ's Death and Resurrection. Scene 4 : Christ's reception in Heaven.
Scene 5 : The beginnings of Gospel preaching. Scene 6 : The world's rejection of the Gospel. Scene 7 : God's ultimate victory. Scene 1 : The promise of eternal life. Scene 2 : The Day of Judgment. Scene 3 : The final conquest of sin. Scene 4 : The acclamation of the Messiah.
Handel's music for Messiah is distinguished from most of his other oratorios by an orchestral restraint—a quality which the musicologist Percy M. Young observes was not adopted by Mozart and other later arrangers of the music.
After their introduction in the Part I chorus "Glory to God", apart from the solo in "The trumpet shall sound" they are heard only in "Hallelujah" and the final chorus "Worthy is the Lamb".
Although Messiah is not in any particular key, Handel's tonal scheme has been summarised by the musicologist Anthony Hicks as "an aspiration towards D major", the key musically associated with light and glory. As the oratorio moves forward with various shifts in key to reflect changes in mood, D major emerges at significant points, primarily the "trumpet" movements with their uplifting messages.
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