Hallelujah!



The Hallelujah Chorus, from Georg Friedrich Handel's Messiah, is one of the most well-known musical pieces from the baroque period.

In many parts of the world it is traditional for the audience to stand during the Hallelujah Chorus.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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The Hallelujah Chorus is available for download from the free Gutenberg archive here. The song is also available here.

This YouTube clip plays the Hallelujah Chorus performed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, on June 28, 1927

Sir Thomas Beecham founded several British orchestras including the Beecham Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in Britain.



Finally, another YouTube clip of the reprise of the Hallelujah Chorus, with the conductor ecstatically including the audience as well. This rendition of Handel's Messiah was performed in Hebrew for the first time ever, on 4-5 April 2007.



In 1988, my wife and I visited Aizawl, in the north-eastern Indian state of Mizoram, a land of rolling hills. That was a short but delightful holiday in a beautiful land that we will never forget, and especially so for the warmth and sweet sensibility of the Mizo people stayed among. While there, we got to hear some Mizo church choir and gospel singers, and we were captivated. So I was keen to include in this blog something by Mizo singers. I was very happy to find this YouTube clip of the Hallelujah Chorus sung by Mizo Presbyterian youth in USA in 2006.



Image: Hallelujah, by Harry Teague.

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