Merry Christmas everyone!
I have a little personal tradition during Christmas and that is the playing of this piece. I don't think my family have yet spotted it. This is a different version, but note perfect for all that. You may be one of the 34 million who have already seen it, nonetheless it conveys everything best about Christmas.
Normally people always stand for this piece, and the history of that tradition goes back to the first London performance in the mid-18th century, when Handel first perfomed the work in front of King George II. The king was so transfixed by the music that he automatically stood up. Etiquette demanded that when the monarch rose, everyone else did too. Hence the tradition - I'm assuming it still goes on.
Now we've had a few Baroque pieces for the last weeks, so next week - some hard rock! Yeah!