Blog Caroling 2012: Hallelujah Chorus

Blog Caroling 2012

Blog Caroling 2012

Blog Caroling 2012 is in full swing and this is my second year to participate in this wonderful online holiday tradition that was started by footnoteMaven some years ago!

During last year’s online event, I posted one of my all-time favorite traditional Christmas carols — What Child is This? featuing Andrea Bocelli and R&B singer, Mary J. Blige. Another one of my favorite songs at Christmas time is George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, particularly the Hallelujah Chorus! According to Wikipedia, Handel composed this magnificent oratorio in 1741, “…with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer (which are worded slightly differently from their King James counterparts).”

I love the traditional version of this chorus performed by MIT’s Concert Choir, directed by William C. Cutter. Click to listen below!

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Then I also love the more contemporary version performed by the famous All Star Choir directed by Quincy Jones below. This contemporary version is exactly the way my church choir sings it too. So enjoy the celebration — Merry Christmas!

Hallelujah Chorus Hymn

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

13 thoughts on “Blog Caroling 2012: Hallelujah Chorus

  1. I love the Hallelujah Chorus in its many forms as well! I also love many of the traditional Christmas carols: The Holly and the Ivy, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, We Three Kings, Silent Night, O Come Let Us Adore Him etc.

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    • Hi Laura! Thanks for blog caroling with me this evening. Hey I really LIKE that carol sung by the Chieftans! I guess you can tell that I’m partial to lively or very majestic Christmas music – LOL! Wonderful indeed and Merry Christmas to you and yours always!

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      • Growing up singing in choirs, I was taught all the very old, traditional, songs, which remain my favorites. The Holly and the Ivy and Coventry Carol are among my other favorites!

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    • Thanks so much Cheri for stopping today. I’m glad that you love blog caroling as much I do. Then this means that I will look forward to blog caroling with you next year. Again, thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  2. Thank you! I absolutely love the Hallelujah chorus! Our choirmaster let us grade school & high school kids sing with the adults, which I thought was very generous. We practiced so hard, especially trying not to peep during that final two-beat rest! Recently I saw a performance by a flash mob chorus in (something like) Grand Central Station. The crowd was spellbound!

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    • Mariann, thanks so much for blog caroling with me this weekend . . . .woo-hoo! Oh, I bet that flash mob chorus performance was a magnificent sight to see. Again thank you for stopping bye and have a very Merry Christmas!

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