155 - From Distant Past

The Song of the Day is not exactly one but three, a recitative, a duet and a chorus from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. These are:

Recitative (Alto) - “Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Corinthians 15 : 54)

Duet (Alto/Tenor) - “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (I Corinthians 15 : 55-56)

Chorus - “But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15 : 57)

There are so many recordings of “The Messiah”, I have 14 and that’s far from comprehensive, so what shall I recommend? Personally, I like the interpretations of William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Trevor Pinnock best and, though you could fail with none of them, Trevor Pinnock’s is probably the most consistent.

This is a tombstone in the western wall of Klagenfurt’s parish church of Saint Egidius. I took the image with the Sigma 10-20 at 10mm and f8. I have rotated and cropped the image quite a lot, because originally I had another idea for the composition. Sometimes it’s fine to have enough reserves.

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Ted Byrne   (2007-03-19)

I wonder how many legacies consist totally of tombstones?

The image? Like it, your style is becoming very noticable. This excercise has helpe you find and tune your voice.

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