Handel’s “Samson”

 

 

 

 

 

For the complete oratorio, see

https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/01/21/handel-samson/

 

 

 

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I have been listening to some music today, mostly Handel, including a bit of “Samson,” an oratorio.

Handel composed “Samson” right after “Messiah.” He wrote “Messiah” in 24 days! He wrote “Samson” in about a month!

The libretto of “Samson” was based on John Milton’s “Samson Agonistes.”

It is my opinion – perhaps a minority one – that “Samson” is just about equal to “Messiah,” if not in fact equal.

It evokes such an emotional response. Raises goose bumps.

Listen to “Glorious Hero,” for example.

My mother majored in Fine Arts at Radcliffe College. She had quite a few art books from her college days that my siblings and I used to peruse.

There was a reproduction of a painting in one of her art books: “Samson and the Philistines” by Carl Heinrich Bloch, which was painted in Rome in 1863. It made such an impression on me. The painting shows Samson, in captivity, grinding grain on a treadmill. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

So did the Biblical story of Samson itself, which I knew from Sunday school.

 

 

— Roger  W. Smith

     May 4, 2016

 

 

 

 

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About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. He hosts separate websites devoted to the authors Theodore Dreiser and Pitirim A. Sorokin and to classical music as well as family history/genealogy.
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2 Responses to Handel’s “Samson”

  1. Tee A says:

    Hello!

    I’m a first time visitor and I’m glad your blog came up in my search online.

    I searched your blog for Handel’s “Messiah” but I didn’t find it. Is there any possibility that you would upload a post about it?

    Thanks all the way from Nigeria!

  2. Hi. Thanks much for visiting my site and for your comment.

    I have posted Handel’s oratorio “Samson” on this blog at

    https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/01/21/handel-samson/

    I have not posted “Messiah” on my site, which is why you could not find it.

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