September 14, 1741 – The Messiah

In just 24 days, on September 14, 1741, George Frederick Handel completed his best-known work The Messiah.  Having already suffered a stroke when he began, Handel credits drinking a lot of coffee for creating an almost error-free manuscript of 259 pages of music.  They don’t call it “The Halleluiah Chorus” for nothing.  

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