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Classical Notes: December 18, 2009 Archive

From the Hand of Handel

Posted at 2:53 PM on December 18, 2009 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Fun finds

Just in time for tonight's Minnesota Orchestra broadcast of Handel's Messiah, the British Museum has placed their original manuscript draft of the work online.*

There's lots to explore: not just the notes, but audio narration and music samples, program notes, and Handel's own jottings, crossings-out, and a spectacular ink blob on p. 22.

*Plug-in installation may be required.