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Michael Marissen
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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 Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah (Yale), as well as articles in the Harvard Theological Review 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.

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Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

(13) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:57 AM

What's wrong with the following picture?

The opening shot of a PBS video, "Messiah": Music for the Christmas Season, pans up Washington's magnificent National Cathedral as the soundtrack presents the Cathedral Choir singing Handel's glorious chorus, "And He shall purify the Sons of Levi, that they may offer...

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