Item description for Hallelujah by J. Scott Featherstone...
Overview Hallelujah is the remarkable story of one of the greatest events in musical history, the creation of George Frederic Handel's masterpiece, Messiah. Composed in just twenty-four days, Handel's "Grand Oratorio which rendered him immortal" was birthed in the darkest and most desperate hours of his life. His health was failing. Critics ridiculed him. Creditors hounded him. Enemies persecuted him. Pride had nearly destroyed him. Yet, out of Handel's night emerged the dawn of Messiah. Anyone who has thrilled at hearing the Hallelujah Chorus will feel "profound attachment" to Handel's story of hope and redemption as timeless and poignant as the music itself.
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Studio: ACW Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.81" Width: 5.73" Height: 1.58" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2002
Publisher ACW Press
ISBN 189252564X ISBN13 9781892525642
Reviews - What do customers think about Hallelujah?
Couldn't put it down! Mar 3, 2006
I enjoyed this book immensly. I looked forward to reading it everynight and didn't want to stop reading. I felt inspired by the story of Handel and loved the way Mr. Featherstone was able to put the music into the words of each chapter.
A beautiful story, wonderfully written Jan 17, 2004
I'd like to rebut another this site review that criticized Featherstone's writing style. Featherstone is one of those rare writers who brings a story to LIFE. His style is compelling and captivating.
I highly recommend this book!
Beautiful story, poorly written Nov 10, 2003
This is a compelling story. Handel's life is the stuff of rich drama, and the coming forth of the Messiah is a miracle. Unfortunately, the writing here doesn't match the material. I kept reading because I loved the story of Handel. It would have been better if Mr. Featherstone had stuck to a non-ficiton account with a good editor. The fictional characters were not fully realized; they were sentimental stereotypes. The story is worth the read but one has to skim through quite a bit of dross to find the gold.
Absolutely Captivating! May 3, 2003
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the Baroque period or Handel. It is a blast to read and there is never a boring moment. I strongly recomend it.