Handel’s Messiah

So in keeping with the Christmas season and music I wanted to try to share something interesting as well as meaning full, that is when I remembered my favorite musical piece for the Christmas holiday, MESSIAH!

Before I go on and share this I was wanting to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year. I hope that this year coming up will be one full of blessings and hope for you and your family. Lets begin…

George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach. His father wanted him to study law, but when it became apparent that the young Handel was musically gifted, his father reluctantly agreed to let the boy study music.

Handel became an accomplished harpsichordist and studied in Naples, where he became an acclaimed writer of Italian operas. He later moved to England, where he continued to have success writing opera, as well as compositions for the royal court. Handel’s Water Music was composed for King George I.

The story goes that after the first performance of Messiah, an enthusiastic member of the audience congratulated composer and director George Frideric Handel for producing such a wonderful piece of “entertainment.”

“Entertainment!” Handel replied, “My purpose was not to entertain, but to teach them something.”

That was April 13, 1742, in Dublin, Ireland. The previous year, Handel had been approached by the librettist Charles Jennens about a musical oratorio on the life of the Messiah. Jennens’ concept was to tell the entire story of the Christ through passages of Scripture put to music. He would begin with the Old Testament prophecies foretelling the ministry of Christ, move to the New Testament’s accounts of the birth of Jesus, then forward through his death and resurrection, all seen through the eyes of the writers of Scripture.

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

In an age when illiteracy was widespread and written copies of the Bible were expensive and rare, Handel became excited about Jennens’ idea. Handel pioneered the “oratorio,” a musical composition designed to teach the Scriptures by setting them to music. He seems to have immediately understood how important such a composition about the life of Jesus might be, and he set to work on it right away.

That first performance of Messiah in Dublin (a charity event to raise money for a hospital) was a huge success. The piece was not as well received when it debuted in London, but Handel made it a recurring part of his schedule of performances — it became his tradition to perform Messiah annually as a benefit to raise money for London orphanages.George Frideric Handel died in 1759 and is buried in Westminster Abbey. Messiah is one of his greatest musical creations, and is arguably the greatest piece of Christian music ever written. The Hallelujah Chorus is instantly recognizable, even by those who do not consider themselves members of the Christian faith. It has become a part of our Christian cultural heritage.

Some interesting facts about the composer and the music of “MESSIAH”

The King stood when He heard it. Upon hearing the “Hallelujah Chorus” movement of “Messiah”, King George II of England was reputedly so overcome with emotion that he spontaneously rose to his feet. When the king stands, everyone stands, so the audience immediately rose also. The tradition of standing for the chorus is still observed today in most live performances of “Messiah”.

In 1753 He suffered permanently from blindness His blindness was caused by a unsuccessful operation on his cataracts. Handel continued to compose music in spite of this handicap.

 

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Why brand partnerships are important to artists and record companies

Brand partnerships are increasingly important to artists and record companies, not merely as a source of revenue, but also as a way of positioning performers and introducing them to new audiences, says the IFPI in its Investing In Music report.

“The right placement with the right brands can really help an artist,” says Andria Vidler of EMI Music. “Artists such as Professor Green and Eliza Doolittle made money before their first albums were released, and their brand partnerships helped position them with fans. Now Pro Green is an iconic British urban act that is looking to go global, and brand partnerships were part of the mix to help him achieve that. The Puma deal is not accidental.”

“My relationship with Puma UK continues to grow and develop, but of late I’m seeing increasing interest from outside the UK,” says the artist. “From my side, it increases my international exposure and allows me to enter markets I may not have the opportunity to do so regularly.”

However, Vidler points out that he rejects as many deals as he accepts. “We wouldn’t sign a branding deal just for the money. If it’s not right for the artist’s career, it’s just not worth it.”

And in France, when Shy’m won Dance Avec Les Stars and a NRJ Music Award, a lot of brands became very interested. “We signed a deal with Yot, the watch company, and Shy’m became a brand ambassador and worked with them to create Shy’m branded watches,” says Antoine Gouiffes-Yan of Warner Music France. “She has been fully involved in the deal and engaged creatively. We weren’t interested in signing deals with brands that just wanted to use her image.”

Where music meets licensing, there’s money to be made. How much money? We have all read about the multi-million-dollar deals for icon bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, but what about the money for the rest of us?

“I have synched quite a few thousand songs into productions over the years,” states Peter Jansson of Janssongs, “and have charged anywhere between $1.00 and $250,000 (U.S.) for each one.”

There are a great many places to earn money from music. For example, there are more TV shows on more cable channels than ever before. There are all kinds of commercials for both TV and WEB. There are tons of electronic games and toys. There are corporate video productions galore. There are big movies, little movies, and direct-to-DVD movies. Never mind an almost endless amount of online opps to find places to get your jams  And they all are potential places to put your music, if the rights can be cleared.

So this is just the beginning as you can tell there is a lot more going on here than just a few folks getting music placed. If you work hard at trying to get it out there. If you work hard at making good music, show people your willing to work with them there is almost no telling what may happen. One thing you have to do is try and keep working at it.

FabFilter Pluggins

I thought you all might like to take a look at a friend and colleague of mines website and blog. He has this incredible amount of information about different pluggins that are available for recording audio and mastering in your studio. You might enjoy his reviews if your interested in using these pluggins. I use several of them and found that the site was filled with a lot of useful info and wanted to share it with you. here is an excerpt from the site. If you dig it and find it useful please let either of us know it helps to know that people read the things we post. Tel them Wolfie sent you. Peace

FabFilter updates all plug-ins with graphics acceleration

FabFilter has updated all FabFilter plug-ins to add GPU-powered graphics acceleration. In addition, FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 now feature the collapsible modulation section that was first introduced in FabFilter Saturn. All plug-ins have also received bug fixes and various other improvements.

Highlights in this update:

All plug-ins now contain the GPU-powered graphics acceleration introduced in FabFilter Pro-DS, ensuring ultra-smooth animation while leaving the main CPU free to do audio processing.
FabFilter Twin 2, Timeless 2 and Volcano 2 have a new Modulation button to easily show and hide the modulation section. By default, the modulation section is hidden to make the plug-in less intimidating at first, but you can easily look ‘under the hood’ when you want to tweak a preset or design your own.
FabFilter Twin 2 displays a new keyboard section in the interface when the modulation section is hidden. The component display at the top of the interface contains a new Main EG component button, letting you easily tweak EG parameters when browsing presets.
When multiple bands are selected in FabFilter Pro-Q, the Frequency, Gain and Q knobs will now let you change parameters of the selected bands while preserving their relative differences. Double-clicking a knob still lets you set all bands to the same value.
Updated all VST 3 plug-ins to support new features in VST 3.5, such as a host-provided right-click menu for each parameter in the interface. Steinberg’s CMC-AI controller is now also supported.
Added mouse wheel support to buttons with pop-up menus, such as the distortion style button in FabFilter Saturn.
Added Options > Open Other Preset option to the presets menu, making it easy to open a preset that’s not in the regular presets folder.
FabFilter Twin 2 and Timeless 2 now remember which section in the component display is expanded in Wide mode.
Fixed compatibility issues with Adobe Premiere on Windows and OS X.
Fixed a bug in the mono AudioSuite plug-ins that caused the Whole File option at the bottom to be disabled.
The Mac OS X version now requires OS X 10.5 and an Intel processor. We still offer previous versions for download if you need OS X 10.4 or PowerPC support: http://www.fabfilter.com/support/downloads.

The updates are free for existing FabFilter customers. Updates and 30-day trial versions are available for download now atwww.fabfilter.com/download.

System requirements on Windows are either Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, SSE-capable processor, and a VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools, or Mac OS X 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 or 10.5 with Intel processor, and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.

Brought to you courtesy of Soundwrx Digital

NEW UPDATES

Hello everyone out there in TV land! Trust you all had a great thanksgiving time with those you love and care about. At the very least I trust that you took a moment out of your life to reflect on what you were thankful for.

I am just wanting to share a little info with you all. Made a lot of changes over at markallanwolfe.com I invite all of you to re visit and tell us what you think. There is a lot more info over there and a lot more on the way. For instance the new blog will be there and also Music 2 Sync will have a link thru there as well.

Which also leads me to share with you that we will be doing the same for Wolfies Music publishing main website as well Trying to get all the new things up and ready by the new year to start out fresh.

So if you have any ideas or thoughts about what you would like to see changed on our website feel free to share with us, maybe your ideas will go forwards. Tell us if there is something you would like to see come out of the new redo?

We just wanted to drop a quick story and say thanks for following and keeping in touch. Lets keep each other motivated to go on to bigger and better things.

Wolfies Music Publishing