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 spreadsheet.

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Composition Notebook: January 2015

Subject: SATB + descant harmonization of Ecce, Deus by Alfred E. Fedak.

Interestingly, I did not first encounter this hymn tune in its original form. Instead, the music was set to a different text (“Mary Heard the Angel’s Blessing”) and published in Voices, Found, a supplemental hymnal that focuses on texts written by women.

I gravitated to this piece because we elected to sing it in Advent, and it was in a minor key. Personally, I love minor key Advent/Christmas music, and also really loved the 3/4 lilt of this relatively simple tune.

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