“and beauty, always beauty”

This year the annual Dublin Handel Festival is also, as the Irish Times notes, marking the 250th anniversary of Georg Friedrich Handel’s death on 14th April 1759. Friday’s paper also had a good article on the “exuberant and pragmatic personality behind the immortal music”. As I mentioned last year – The Temple Bar website has the details and a lengthy, and interesting, podcast [mp3 file] on “freelance composer” Georg Friedrich Handel’s ten month stay in Ireland – which included the world premiere of The Messiah on 13 April 1742 at the New Music Hall, Fishamble St. Dublin. More on Handel here. You’ll have to look elsewhere for the Hallelujah Chorus.. instead, again, here’s the overture.. Adds Much more Handel at the BBC.