Aaron Giles

Miscellany

Messiah Time Calculator

I was discussing with a colleague how long the Christmas portion of the Messiah was compared to the whole thing. Feeling the need to justify my thought that it was certainly more than an hour, I built the attached handy-dandy Messiah time calculator.

 

How To Use It

Just check the boxes for the movements you wish to include. To toggle the state of an entire part, click on the part header. Totals are listed at the bottom.

By default, only the average and median times are shown. Use the checkboxes below to enable/disable columns based on individual sources. In the raw data display, entries faster than the median are shown in red and the entries slower than the median in blue.

Columns To Display

Part 1
Sinfony
Comfort ye my people
Ev’ry valley shall be exalted
And the glory of the Lord
Thus saith the Lord of hosts
But who may abide?
And he shall purify
Behold, a virgin shall conceive
O thou that tellest good tidings
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
The people that walked in darkness
For unto us a child is born
Pastoral symphony
There were shepherds abiding
And lo, the angel of the Lord
And the angel said unto them
And suddenly there was with the angel
Glory to God in the highest
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened
He shall feed his flock
His yoke is easy
Part 1 Total
Part 2
Behold the Lamb of God
He was despised
Surely he has borne our griefs
And with his stripes we are healed
All we like sheep have gone astray
All they that see him laugh him to scorn
He trusted in God
Thy rebuke hath broken his heart
Behold and see if there be any sorrow
He was cut off
But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
Lift up your heads, O ye gates
Unto which of the angels
Let all the angels of God worship him
Thou art gone up on high
The Lord gave the word
How beautiful are the feet
Their sound is gone out
Why do the nations?
Let us break their bonds
He that dwelleth in heaven
Thou shalt break them
Hallelujah
Part 2 Total
Part 3
I know that my Redeemer liveth
Since by man came death
Behold, I tell you a mystery
The trumpet shall sound
Then shall be brought to pass
O death, where is thy sting?
But thanks be to God
If God be for us
Worthy is the Lamb
Amen
Part 3 Total
Overall Total
 

About the Data

The data for the durations comes from my personal collection of Messiah recordings, plus a few borrowed from friends:

For many recordings, movements are combined into a single track, which I have manually listened to and extracted the duration.

Some recordings skipped movements (sacrilege!) and so they are not factored in.

Some recordings skipped the da capo sections (blasphemy!) or used alternate versions. When displayed, those are marked with an asterisk and eliminated for the purposes for averaging.

 

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