“The Subject is ‘Messiah’ “
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“The Subject is ‘Messiah’ “

With this declamatory statement, librettist Charles Jennens announced his intention to persuade George Frideric Handel to collaborate with him on a text he had completed. In a letter to his friend Edward Holdsworth¬†dated July 1741,¬†Jennens said: ” I hope I shall persuade him (Handel) to set another Scripture Collection I have made for him &…