MUSC 311-01

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Fall 2020


Art Practice | Fine Arts | Music

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Original style and intent of period music can often be lost as modern performers attempt to recreate a centuries-old composition. In this paper Messiah by George Frideric Handel is discussed, offering insight in how to perform this piece while still honoring the full integrity of what the composer intended. Through an examination of past and current performances and opinions, it becomes clear that there are many distinct differences in ways this oratorio has been performed including stylistic choices, instrumentation, religious affiliation, and more.