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Handel’s glad tidings of good things

Handel is not a composer generally associated with Holy Week, but the Cross is central to his outlook, argues Michael Lloyd

Handel was a composer and theo­logian, first and foremost, of the Cross. That may sound a strange claim, given that his only setting of the Passion is one of the least inspired of his works, and that Messiah, one of the most inspired, is more associated in our minds with Christmas and Easter than with Good Friday. (It is Bach who has almost a monopoly there.)

The sheer confidence of his music may also sit uneasily with such a statement. As the Cana­dian poet ...

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Why the worry about ministering together?

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