Community, school, collegiate and church choirs are still performing parts of this Oratorio today as an expression of a great celebration, especially during the season of advent. Oratorios are considered sacred operas, so performing parts of them in contemporary times would indicate that liturgical celebrations acknowledge the rich traditions of the baroque era as performed in churches on special events.
In listening from the examples from the listening guide on Handel’s Messiah, one is able to identify specific ways and examples where the music supports and describes (text paints) the words through the pitch, intonation, spacing used by the soloist and accompanied by the violin, harpsichord and the cello. The distinct movements of the vocal and the intensity or loudness was prominent to express the words being sung. High quality exudes from the distinctive overtones heard from the violins and other musical instruments of the