Excerpt from Handel's Messiah: An Examination of the Original and Some Contemporary Mss So many now-a-days are anxious to give a hearing to the works of living English and foreign composers - a race often badly used by their contemporaries - that some people, on the other hand, are becoming afraid lest the favourite compositions that have had their warm sympathies for a long time should be cast aside for what they suppose to be crude and unmelodious, forgetting, it would seem, that the classical standard of to-day is just the one which former generations in their time treated as the very thing to be avoided. Apprehensions on this score are, however, groundless, and compositions having real backbone will maintain their ground, notwithstanding the onward march of music - now, perhaps, the most progressive of all the arts. Certainly, no works will continue to engage the attention of the world more than those of Handel. They are more studied than ever. The monumental edition of his creations now being issued by the German Handel Society is doing much to make his immense value known on the Continent, where, from the great majority of his compositions having been written in England, they had not hitherto been so frequently heard as their importance demanded. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.