Singing the Bible

Classical music fan or not: this is the time of year when you can’t help but hear Handel’s Oratorio, The Messiah, likely multiple times. Many choirs, orchestras, and churches host sing-along versions of it.

A favorite of mine from that work is “For Unto Us A Child is Born,” which is probably better known than some other parts because it leads up to the Hallelujah Chorus.

Did George Frederich Handel really write that?

Nope. He wrote the music but not the words. The words are directly from from the KJV Bible, Isaiah 9:6.

Which leads me to wonder: when else other than in the weeks leading up to Christmas do we hear so much of the Bible being sung in public? Not very often.

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