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Facts About Handel's 'Messiah'

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Facts About Handel's 'Messiah'

Facts About Handel's 'Messiah'

Facts About Handel's 'Messiah'

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Susan Stamberg talks with classical music commentator Miles Hoffman about a glorious holiday tradition — the singing of Handel's "Messiah." Hoffman answers the questions Stamberg has always wanted to ask, including: why do people stand up during the Hallelujah chorus, and by the way, how do you really pronounce the composer's name? Hint: it's not "Hondel."