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Handel’s Messiah is one of the world’s best-loved and most widely performed works of religious music.

Dr. Michael Marissen talks about his new book, Tainted Glory, and investigates the circumstances that led to the creation of the Messiah and reveals that part of Handel’s Messiah was written not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus, but to celebrate the end of Judaism.

There will be a book signing following this event.


Brief Bio

Michael Marissen is the Daniel Underhill Professor of Music at Swarthmore College. His publications include The Social and Religious Designs of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Princeton), Lutheranism, Anti‑Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion (Oxford), and articles in Early Music, Harvard Theological Review, Musical Quarterly and The New York Times. As a Bach specialist, he has also worked in America and Europe with many organizations promoting cultural and interreligious understanding among Jews and Christians. He lives in New York and Swarthmore, PA.

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