Baron von Bunsen in London - 5 June, 1839

from A Memoir of Baron Bunsen Volume 1, pages 530-532:

'On the 5th June, Bunsen had the high enjoyment of hearing the ' Messiah' of Handel for the first time as a whole : he had heard single pieces out of it, but in his earlier days the entire composition was never performed in Germany.' [...] 'Bunsen not only admired, but exulted in, the composition of the 'Messiah,'—looking upon the man who selected the Biblical texts for Handel's great purpose under Handel's superintendence, as an epic poet.' [...] 'In the performance of the 'Messiah' on this occasion, it was still given to the hearers to receive the full impression of the opening, ' …   more >>

cite as

Baroness von Bunsen, A Memoir of Baron Bunsen Volume 1 (London, 1868), p. 530-532. accessed: 6 June, 2023

location of experience: London


Baron von Bunsen
Diplomat, scholar, diplomat, Theologian

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel
performed by John Braham, The Society at Exeter Hall

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 June, 1839
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:07:29 +0100
Approved on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:37:55 +0100