Christmas Blockbusters: portraits of Bach and Handel overlaid with green and red

Here at Tafelmusik, performances of Handel Messiah are an annual tradition. Also a favourite of ours, Bach Christmas Oratorio was last performed by the orchestra in December 2015, and was scheduled to be performed this season—until the pandemic affected our ability to gather for live performances.

What are the similarities and differences between these two festive favourites? In this chart, we invite you to compare and contrast these two Christmas blockbusters: to learn more about the elements behind both compositions. Click here or on the image to view a larger version.

And, please join us for Sing-Along Messiah on Screen: originally filmed in 2010 by 90th Parallel Productions, this film will be available to watch for free from December 17th at 7pm EST to December 26th at 11:59pm EST, on our YouTube channel. Click here for more details.

Christmas Blockbusters - click on the image to view a larger version.