Tainted Glory In Handel’s Messiah

Ordered for the U of M Music Library:

Marissen, Michael . Tainted Glory In Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History Of The World’s Most Beloved Choral Work. Yale University Press, 2014.

You may recall a 2011 School of Music colloquium with Michael Marissen, an inter-faith dialogue, and a performance of the St. John Passion. In the inter-faith dialogue, Rabbi Joseph Edelheit, Rev. Marilyn Salmon, and Musicologist Michael Marissen discussed the relationship between the conflict of the two religions and Bach’s music. His book has recently been released. Check the Libraries Catalog for availability.  The University Libraries also own a copy of Marissen’s earlier book:

Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion : with an annotated literal translation of the libretto New York : Oxford University Press 1998 Music Library General Collection (ML410.B13 M26 1998 )

Yale University Press description of Tainted Glory

Interview with Publishers’ Weekly

MPR article New book raises question: Is Handel’s “Messiah” anti-Judaic? by Jay Gabler, Minnesota Public Radio April 22, 2014

Excerpt: “Writing this book was not fun,” says Michael Marissen at the end of the introduction to his new book, Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah (Yale University Press). Marissen is referring both to the arduous historical research the volume required and to the fact that being its author puts him in the role of splashing cold water on the world’s adoration for one of the most popular musical works of all time: Handel’s towering 1741 oratorio on the life of Christ.


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