No Hallelujahs Here For Handel’s Messiah

I don’t want to sound negative (I try to save the negativity for my political blog) but I hate Handel’s Messiah.

It’s not that I have anything against Handel. His Water Music and his Royal Fireworks Music are very enjoyable. And he wrote some lovely oboe sonatas.

But the Messiah? Hearing just a measure or two is enough to drive me nuts. And not just because of its really boring Hallelujah Chorus. Or the fact that you can’t get through the Christmas holidays without roughly a gazillion choral societies singing the damn thing.

Handel’s Messiah is dull enough to turn almost anyone into an atheist. And that’s why I wrote this haiku and limerick:


Sacrilege, I know.
But to Handel’s Messiah
I say, “Bach! Humbug!”


I sigh when I hear the Messiah.
It’s a work that just doesn’t inspiah.
Give me Bach any day.
Rather see the ballet!
So enough Hallelujahs! Oh, myah!

Update: My pal Bill Nothstine points me to this Flash Mob performance of the Messiah’s Hallelujah Chorus. And I have to agree with him — if you’re going to see any of the Messiah, this is the way to do it.

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2 Responses to “No Hallelujahs Here For Handel’s Messiah”

  1. scott says:

    Merry Christmas Madeleine and thank you for this site.

    And Merry Christmas to all my fellow limerickists? limerickers? limerickians? limericky’s? Well, to each and every one of us!

  2. madkane says:

    Thanks, scott! I hope you have a great new year and thank you for your enthusiastic participation in my Limerick-Offs!