Messiah's popularity language related?
Date: December 14, 2015
It seems the popularity of sacred music is proportional to the inspiration it imparts to the listener. Certainly much of that comes from the music itself. Considering how the words of the text play a big part, I found myself wondering this Christmas season about Handel's Messiah. Does the scriptural text being in English have much to do with the popularity of the work? English is the most common language among the world's Christian population. The universal "language" of Instrumental music inspires very powerfully but texts surely contribute: how much inspiration is gained from a text that is not understood by the listener? Messiah is an amazing work from any perspective and worthy of it's great popularity but is the English language a considerable factor? Perhaps this is commonly understood and accepted but in my ignorance, I wonder...
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