Thursday, December 16, 2010

Messiah / Messias




In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance. The tradition is said to have originated with the first London performance of Messiah, which was attended by King George II. As the first notes of the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus rang out, the king rose to his feet and remained standing until the end of the chorus. Royal protocol has always dictated that when the monarch stands, everyone in their presence is also required to stand. Thus, the entire audience and orchestra stood when the king stood during the performance, initiating a tradition that has lasted more than two centuries.

There is another story told about this chorus that Handel's assistant walked in to Handel's room after shouting to him for several minutes with no response. The assistant reportedly found Handel in tears, and when asked what was wrong, Handel held up the score to this movement and said, "I thought I saw the face of God."

In Portuguese:
O Messias é a obra mais famosa de Händel (Georg Friedrich Händel)A tradição conta que na primeira apresentação do "Messiah" em Londres, o rei da Inglaterra, George II, estava presente. Quando o coral começou a entoar os primeiros cantos do "Hallelujah", o rei, embevecido e impressionado com a portentosidade e a beleza daquela oração, automaticamente levantou-se de sua poltrona. Quando viram que o rei estava em pé, toda a audiência ergueu-se (ninguém permanece sentado na presença do rei em pé [protocolo real]), daí o costume de toda a platéia permanecer em pé durante a execução da ária mais famosa de todos os oratórios.

Outra historia que se conta sobre este coro é que o Assistente de Handel entrou em sua sala, após chama-lo por varias vezes sem resposta e encontrou Handel em lágrimas. Quando perguntado o que havia de errado,  Handel  ergueu o score e disse"Eu achei ter visto o rosto de Deus"

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