Handel's Messiah

by Lee Groberg, Mark Goodman

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In this beautifully filmed documentary, narrated by Jane Seymour, you'll be fascinated by the story of Handel's collaboration with an adoring librettist, Charles Jennens, and how the pair struggled to create a masterpiece that has stood the test of centuries. You'll be intrigued with the account of popular actress and singer Susannah Cibber, who, after being involved in a scandalous trial in London that threatened both her career and social standing, fled to Dublin, where Handel asked her to perform in the debut performance of Messiah. She went on to become the most significant actress of the eighteenth century. A tale of triumph and failure, compassion and generosity, this film speaks to how, from the first Dublin performance, which generated enough funds to free 152 men and women from debtors' prison to the many more performances that raised a small fortune for charity, Handel's Messiah was never about Handel—it was about redemption. Even today, small groups and massive congregations alike perform Handel's greatest work countless times annually. In this fascinating program, see why Messiah has resonated with hundreds of millions of people over hundreds of years.

Bonus Featurettes

  • The Making of Handel's Messiah
  • The Message of Messiah
  • The tradition for standing in the "Hallelujah Chorus"
  • The Musicality of Messiah
  • Handel's Final Resting Place
  • Hallelujah Chorus Performances
  • Run Time: 75 min.

    About the Authors

    Lee Groberg

    Lee Groberg has produced and directed a number of documentary films over the past twenty-five years, including American Gunmaker, Treasure House, Trail of Hope, American Prophet, Sacred Stone, America’s Choir, Sweetwater Rescue, Fires of Faith, and First Freedom, all produced for public television. Narrators for his films have included Gregory Peck, Hal Holbrook, Fess Parker, Walter Cronkite, Geoffrey Palmer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Ed Ames.

    First Freedom is one of the more rewarding film projects he has worked on. This companion book reflects many of the images from the film and includes comments from the academic scholars featured in the film.

    Regarding his work on the film, Lee remarked, “It has been my pleasure to work on a story that has spiritual implications in all of our lives. These founding fathers did not share a single faith, but I feel that they were directed by a divine force that helped them establish a country where all could worship in freedom—or even feel free to not worship at all. That is the beauty of our guaranteed right of religious liberty.

    “I thank my wife, Jeanine, for her unflagging support and devotion as together, we tackle these very meaningful film and book projects.”

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    Mark Goodman

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