Virtual Manuscript of Handel’s Messiah

The British Library have added the original manuscript of Handel’s Messiah to their Turning the Pages or virtual books facility. The manuscript is accompanied by extracts from 2006 Naxos recording of the 1751 version of Messiah, as well as audio and text commentaries.

The Turning the Pages collection also contains sixteenth century manuscripts of compositions by William Byrd and Mozart’s musical diary.