The idea of a church hymn began in the Renaissance, and many of them were composed by Martin Luther.
these words are engraved on John Newtons tombstone:
John Newton, a clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy.
The speed with which Handel completed Messiah (24 days) has led some to believe that he was truly divinely inspired. It’s his most famous piece…
It does not have a linear plotline.
It is a disconnected series of meditations on Christ and recitations of biblical prophecies.
It premiered in Dublin in 1742.
Charles Wesley wrote over eight thousand hymns!
Mozart teamed with Lorenzo Da Ponte for Don Giovanni. While writing the libretto for Don Giovanni, Da Ponte holed up by himself in a room in his patron’s house. In the next room there was a constantly stocked table of food and wine; and in a third room, a prostitute who was available for inspiration at the ring of a bell!
King Solomon – better known for other achievements – composed 1,005 songs!
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.” (1 Kings 4:29-32)