by Charles Ludwig
Listening to, or participating in, the singing of Handel's Messiah is now as much a part of Christmas celebrations as the buying of gifts. And that experience will be richer yet for people who realize the series of miracles that were required to bring this oratorio into being. This is the story of George Frideric Handel, who composed as much music as Bach and Beethoven combined. Much of his music still lives to glorify the God whom Handel served with his great talent.