It’s pretty interesting that the old guy on the left, born in 1685, is still relevant 327 years later, but then he’s Georg Frideric Handel, and he is still top of the charts. One can’t help but wonder – especially on this, his birthday – what his reaction would be to seeing a bit of the Messiah performed in a mall food court. And would the fact that 37 million people have viewed the performance even compute? That’s about six times the entire population of England at the time he wrote it.
One of his best tunes is Zadok the Priest, which he wrote for the coronation of George II and which has been performed at every coronation since. Here, the Danes have used it for a wedding march – Crown Prince Frederik doesn’t seem to find it very soothing, but the bride is quite composed.