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Cultural Outings…

December 10th, 2007

Went to the Messiah at the University Concert Hall. The ICO supplied the musicy bits and the Limerick Choral Union sang along. Not too shabby overall.

Apparently one stands during the Hallelujah chorus, this is following the tradition allegedly started by King George II. From wikipedia

In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance. Tradition has it that King George II rose to his feet at this point. As the first notes of the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus rang out, the king rose. Royal protocol has always demanded that whenever the monarch stands, so does everyone in the monarch’s presence. Thus, the entire audience stood too, initiating a tradition that has lasted more than two centuries. It is lost to history the exact reason why the King stood at that point, but the most popular explanations include:
  • He was so moved by the performance that he rose to his feet.
  • He arrived late to the performance, and the crowd rose when he finally made an appearance.[8]
  • His gout acted up at that precise moment and he rose to relieve himself.
  • After an hour of musical performance, he needed to stretch his legs.[9]

The “many parts of the world” above refers only to English speaking countries. Presumably the other nations of the world at the time didn’t give a toss about the musical preferences of some German usurper at the court of St James and so they and their successor cultures don’t stand.