Handel’s Messiah

Shelley’s guitar

This Treasure is paired with: Shelley’s guitar (Making music)

  • George Frideric Handel
  • 1741
  • Manuscript

The notes on these pages show Handel hastily adapting an aria in his most famous oratorio. He conducted performances from this score, including the first (in Dublin, 13 April 1742). It was copied from Handel’s original manuscript by his amanuensis, John Christopher Smith the Elder, but these two pages are wholly in the hand of the composer. Handel often altered the score to suit each performance, adding names of singers and new versions of some sections.