On this day in History, Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin on Apr 13, 1742. Learn more about what happened today on History.

Messiah was not originally intended as a piece of Christmas music. Messiah received its world premiere on this day in 1742, during the Christian season of Lent, and in the decidedly secular context of a concert hall in Dublin, Ireland.

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Source: Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin – Apr 13, 1742 – HISTORY.com

And listen to the complete works performed by the London Philharmonic and Choir on YouTube 


Published on Mar 1, 2014
Messiah, composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. (Wikipedia)
Other recommended works by G. F. Handel: Water Music.


4 thoughts on “Handel’s Messiah premieres in Dublin – Apr 13, 1742 – HISTORY.com

    • Hi Candia, you’re welcome and I thank you for following mine. That is amazing your friend owns a piece of music history! I’ve done the Messiah countless times – Tenor voice here – but never knew of the history attached to it until a few years ago. Send me a pic! 😉

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      • Oh, he is in Yorkshire and I don’t live there now. Maybe he wouldn’t like to advertise where it is.
        My husband is a bass and I am a soprano. Also have sung Messiah with the likes of Waynflete Singers, Winchester…

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      • I completely understand about your friend (It was a jest anyway). It’s wonderful to hear you and your husband share your voices with the rest of the world. I wish you all the best.

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