Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

This Day (April 12) In History: George Frideric Handel’s Oratorio Messiah Debuts (1742)

George Frideric Handel’s Oratorio Messiah Debuts (1742):

Composed by Handel, the great master of baroque music, Messiah is one of the most popular choral works in the Western world. Its immense popularity has resulted in the erroneous conception of Handel as primarily a church composer. In truth, the contemplative, English-language oratorio stands apart from the rest of his 32 oratorios, which are dramatically conceived. How did it become tradition for audiences to stand during the performance of Messiah’s “Hallelujah” chorus? Discuss

Quotation Of The Day: Jerome Kapla Jerome (1859-1927)

Quotation Of The Day:

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so. (Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss)

Jerome Klapka Jerome

Jerome K. Jerome
Born 2 May 1859(1859-05-02)
Walsall, Staffordshire, England
Died 14 June 1927(1927-06-14) (aged 68)
Northampton, England
Occupation Author
Nationality British
Genres Humour

Three Men in a Boat and later career

Jerome sat down to write Three Men in a Boat as soon as the couple returned from their honeymoon. In the novel, his wife was replaced by his longtime friends George Wingrave (George) and Carl Hentschel (Harris). This allowed him to create comic (and non-sentimental) situations which were nonetheless intertwined with the history of the Thames region. The book, published in 1889, became an instant success and is still in print. Its popularity was such that the number of registered Thames boats went up fifty percent in the year following its publication, and it contributed significantly to the Thames becoming a tourist attraction.

In its first twenty years alone, the book sold over a million copies worldwide. It has been adapted to movies, TV and radio shows, stage plays, and even a musical. Its writing style influenced many humorists and satirists in England and elsewhere.

With the financial security the sales of the book provided, Jerome was able to dedicate all of his time to writing. He wrote a number of plays, essays and novels, but was never able to recapture the success of Three Men in a Boat. In 1892 he was chosen by Robert Barr to edit The Idler (over Rudyard Kipling). The magazine was an illustrated satirical monthly catering to gentlemen (who, following the theme of the publication, appreciated idleness).
Among many humorous, and satirical observations, from the story comes the following, sharp edge of a phrase, which read out of context may sound not quite right: so read the book and feel the actions on which the following was dropped:

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.”
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Source: http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Jerome%2c+Jerome+Klapka