Some people find Baroque music hard to Handel.

Bad puns aside, it’s amazing to hear music that’s over 300 years old in the English language, and why it was written in the first place.

In July of 1713, Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate premiered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. George Frederic Handel wrote it as a celebration, actually, of the Treaty of Utrecht which ended the War of Spanish Succession in 1713.

We’ll leave the details to the history majors, but it’s fascinating to imagine how much it meant to Europeans in the early 1700s — and the celebration is preserved in Handel’s Baroque masterpiece we can still hear today!

Hear it for yourself, and tell us how it resonates with you!