We are trying something a bit different for Morning Time during this Christmas season. Combining our Bible and our classical music elements, we are doing devotions based on George Frideric Handel's Messiah.
Years ago, I had read of this idea on Cindy Rollins' blog, but somehow I perceived it as complicated (I don't know why) and never did it. This year, we jumped in and we're loving it! Each day we read passages from the Bible, and then we listen to the corresponding portions from the oratorio. So simple. So wonderful! My classical music-loving girl is soaking it up!
This is the link to Cindy's schedule of reading and listening:
We are listening (and watching) this YouTube performance of Messiah:
This performance by Collegium 1704 is excellent in every way, from the enthusiasm of the conductor Václav Luks to the superb soloists to the outstanding orchestra. (I even appreciate the quality of the video. It is easy to watch, the sound quality is good, and I love how the videographer sometimes artfully focuses the camera on the neck of a violin or on a bow.)
Another interesting note. We noticed a brass instrument that we could not identify. It looks something like a trombone, a bit like a trumpet, but it was something that neither of us had seen before.
I sought help from my Facebook friends. Was it a sackbut? A natural trumpet? After some discussion, it was concluded that it is likely a baroque trumpet, an instrument which would replicate the sound of an instrument of the Baroque period. (Thanks, Melanie!)
I love homeschooling! It is never dull!
Our hymn for the month of December was written in 1866 by Benjamin Hanby, but I heard it for the first time last year. Although "Who Is He in Yonder Stall?" begins with the Christmas story, it really tells the whole story of Jesus. It is a beautiful hymn, and this is my favorite version:
We are loving our Morning Time music for the month of December!