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Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

From Philadelphia flash mobs to standing-room-only sing-alongs, George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" -- and its booming "Hallelujah" chorus -- has become a popular staple of western sacred music. But Handel's masterpiece, which was written for Lent 271 years ago this spring, has also been one of the most re-worked pieces of the baroque period, including by the quill of Mozart himself. Join Kojo for a little "Messiah 101," and find out what makes "Messiah" one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

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