English-language oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is structured in three parts, listed here in tables for their musical setting and biblical sources. The libretto by Charles Jennens is drawn from the Bible: mostly from the Old Testament of the King James Bible, but with several psalms handel messiah vocal score pdf from the Book of Common Prayer. Regarding the text, Jennens commented: “the Subject excells every other Subject.
The Subject is Messiah “. Handel’s setting of the Old Testament stories, possibly to avoid charges of blasphemy.
Part III with the end of the church year—dealing with the end of time. The birth and death of Jesus are told in the words of the prophet Isaiah, the most prominent source for the libretto. The only true “scene” of the oratorio is the annunciation to the shepherds which is taken from the Gospel of Luke.