Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hands up for The Hallelujah Chorus - live at Handel On The Street - Apri...
Georg Friedrich Handel suffered a severe brain stroke April 13th 1737.
Through several wonders he managed to recover from paralysis and also retrieve his creative powers again.
Only to dump down into deep depression caused by lack of success, lack of money, and adversities among the musicians. His creative vein had drained out, he felt.
"Oh, why, Lord, why did you save me, just to let me down as a failure?" he asked. He was delivered a new script as he lay bedridden, but he hardly bothered to open it. When he finally did, in the middle of the night, his inner shutters were flung wide open. He found the Messiah. All the familiars prophesies collected into one huge masterpiece.
April 13th 1742, 270 years ago, the premier performance was held in Dublin. Great success. Handel was reborn.
He wouldn't receive money for his masterpiece, but gave it to charity.
To prisons and hospitals. "I was ill, but was cured. I was a prisoner, but was set free", he said.
Towards the end of his life Handel became blind. He still conducted.
For the last time he stood on the stage, waving, "The trumpets shall sound".
He fell down and said, "I hope I die on Good Friday."
The year was 1859 and Good Friday fell on April 13th.
Handel had twice experienced resurrection on earth that very date, now he waited the third resurrection in heaven.
Yesterday was Friday April 13th, and daughter Serina was present to celebrate "Handel on the Streets" in Dublin. She was overwhelmed. The video was made two years ago.