Handel picked up the pen and drew a few notes. One by one, the signs took shape with magical speed. He could not stop, he went on like a ship with the sails inflated by the storm. Around him the night was silent and the damp, silent darkness fell over the great city. But inside it, the light flowed like a current and the music of the universe resonated imperceptibly in the room.
‘Decisive Moments in History’
In this wonderful way, Stefan Zweig described the composition of the Messiah by Georg Friedrich Händel in his book Stellar Moments of Humanity.
The Austrian writer chose the birth of Handel’s Messiah as one of those unique and fascinating moments in our history. Since its premiere, the Messiah has become one of the musical pillars of our civilization. A moving work, full of fascinating melodies and choruses, which speaks directly to our feelings and brings us closer to playing the absolute.
Next Sunday, December 12 at 5:30 pm, the Franz Schubert Philharmonic and the Francesc Valls Choir of the Cathedral of Barcelona under the baton of Paul Agnew, musical director, together with William Christie, of the famous ensemble Les Arts Florissants, will perform this eternal work in the Palau de la Música Catalana.