“The Hallelujah Chorus” is one of the best-known musical selections from the Baroque period. Written by Georg Frederick Handel in 1741, it was originally conceived to conclude the second part of his three-part oratorio, “The Messiah.” However, the selection soon took on a life of its own and is often performed separate from the rest of the oratorio, most often at Christmastime.
Legend has it that British monarch King George II stood when the piece was played during the London premiere, a tradition that remains to this day in churches and concert halls.
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