George Frideric Handel

Messiah, HWV 56

            In the world of the arts there are those works that have won a special place in history, and whose universal appeal have transcended time and place.  In the midst of the wealth of creations of artistic genius throughout time, certain works of art, while not obviously superior to other exceptionally worthy creations of the highest order, nevertheless achieve iconic status among folks of all artistic tastes.  This is as true in sculpture, painting, architecture, and literature, as in music.   À chacun son goût! Diversity of time, place, and individual artists makes for a relatively small set of the universally acclaimed:  Hamlet, Monticello, the “Mona Lisa,” “David,” and so on.

Overture and Dances to Alcina

            Handel, of course, along with J.S.