Welcome to Day 1 of the Christmas Music Trivia Contest (rules below).
We'll start with an easy one today.
Though not technically a Christmas piece, the Handel's Messiah is often heard around this time of year. Ironically, Handel didn't really want to write this oratorio. His real passion was Italian opera. But, when his most recent opera didn't do well, he found himself writing what would clearly become his most famous work.
Today there are two questions. You may answer one or both. You'll get one entry for each. You may also get an entry for tweeting or Facebooking about the contest as well--one entry for each of these (just leave a comment with the link).
1. Who arranged the lyrics of Messiah?
2. What is it traditional for audiences to do when hearing the Hallelujah chorus?
Here's how it works:
1. Every day or two (or three), I'll post a seasonal song and ask a trivia question about it.
2. Everyone who comments and answers correctly gets one entry in the giveaway to be held at the end of the contest. Googling answers is entirely acceptable. You may leave a comment on this post as well--it starts now.
3. You may answer any of the questions as long as the contest is going.
4. You can get an extra entry for tweeting or sharing on Facebook. Just leave that in your comment. One entry for each day you do that.
5. The contest ends whenever I say it ends. Probably January 1st. But we'll see.
6. At the end of the contest, I will do a drawing.
7. The winner of the drawing gets to pick their prize from the following list. The runner-up gets to pick their prize from the remaining list. And the second-runner up then picks from the remaining items. And so on. We'll give away as much stuff as we have, so there will be multiple winners.
There might be more prizes, so stay tuned. Because I hang with authors, most of the prizes are book. As of now, here are some of the books that wonderful people have donated (click on the title for more information about each book):
1. Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
2. Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage
3. A Midwinter Ball by Heidi Ashworth, Annette Lyon, and Michele Paige Holmes (A collection of Regency-era romantic novellas--e-book version).
4. A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
5. Ebook copies of The Kindling, Penumbras, or Luminescence by Braden Bell.
6. Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff
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