NOTE:  Messiah is a deceptively simple piece of music.  Written with four-part harmonies, with little orchestra soloing, part of its appeal is that seemingly anyone can sing it, from the most amateur novice to the most brilliant artist, each discovering something new and challenging within its staves.  But hidden within its passages are amazing complexities.  Here I will attempt to document some of the scholarship which has helped to reveal hidden depths to this most populist of baroque masterpieces.

Word Painting Andrew Druckenbrod
Myths and Misconceptions Darryl Lyman
Handel, Messiah and the Jews Michael Marissen
Messiah In Other Hands Donald Burrows
Messiah - Arranged by Mozart Teri Noel Towe
Pacific Symphony Program Notes Anonymous
Rochester Philharmonic Program Notes Don Anderson
At Last, Messiah Donald Teeters
Columbia Pro Cantare Program Notes Barbara A. Renton
Mondavi Center Program Notes Anonymous
North London Chorus Program Notes Paul Filmer
The Masterwork Chorus Program Notes Anonymous
Austin Symphony Program Notes Stephen Aechternacht
Choral Society of Pensicola Program Notes Anonymous
Handel and Haydn Society Program Notes Michael Ruhling
Messiah - The First Performance David van Asch
Messiah (1751 Version) Simon Heighes
UMS Choral Union Program Notes Luke Howard
Orchestra Seattle Program Notes Lorelette Knowles
Rochester Symphony Program Notes Jere Lantz
The Glorious History Of Handel's Messiah
Jonathan Kandell
America's Messiah
Michael Linton
Messiah: About The Work
Dr. Richard E. Rodda
Handel's Messiah
Scott Foglesong
Los Angeles Philharmonic Program Notes
John Mangum
Handel's Atypical Masterpiece
Thomas May
An Enduring Legacy
Teresa M. Neff
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Program Notes
Luke Howard
Dallas Bach Society Program Notes
Colorado Symphony Program Notes
Philharmonia Baroque Program Notes
Bruce Lamott
Oregon Symphony Program Notes
Elizabeth Schwartz
National Symphony Orchestra Program Notes
Dr. Richard E. Rodda
Handel Society Of Dartmouth Program Notes
Steven Ledbetter
Handel + Haydn Society Program Notes
Teresa M. Neff, PhD
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