Silent Monks Share Incredible Soundless Performance Of Hallelujah
Cailyn Finkel 11/26/2018
It says something when artists can evoke emotions without singing or saying a word. When done well, the artist's presence and ability to convey their message silently is enough to bring people to tears.
Such was the case when a group of creative high school students decided to perform the breathtaking song, "Hallelujah Chorus," without uttering a sound. The group's originality knocked the audience's' socks off and left us covered in goosebumps!
It takes true artistic talent to move millions just like these students have...
Before their performance, the students created signs that had portions of the song's lyrics written on them. The plan was to flip their over at the exact moment that word was sung over the loudspeakers! It was going to be a tricky feat - but after months of preparation, they were ready.
The horns blasted over the sound system as the group got into place. Then, the real show began. The silent "monks" knew their parts by heart and were ready to flip over their lyric cards when the time came!
Their performance was the perfect way to honor such a lovely song.
Most people don't know that the "Hallelujah Chorus" was actually created all the way back in 1741 by a composer named Handel. The composer's entire musical piece, "Messiah," was originally created for a handful of musicians to perform at a time. But nowadays, his tune has been adapted to be performed on a much larger scale with booming orchestras!
The Tabernacle Choir website shared how emotional Handel was when crafting the composition:
"Handel composed Messiah without getting much sleep or even eating much food. When his assistants brought him his meals, they were often left uneaten. His servants would often find him in tears as he composed. When he completed 'Hallelujah,' he reportedly told his servant, 'I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself seated on His throne, with His company of Angels.'"
"Although the first performance in Dublin on April 13, 1742, was a huge success, Messiah wasn't met with the same excitement in London the following season. Six scheduled performances were canceled by Handel in 1743, Messiah was completely removed from the 1744 schedule, and it wasn't performed in London until 1749."
In the centuries since then, this breathtaking composition has been covered by countless solo artists, professional groups, garage bands and silent monks, like these brilliant high school students.