Why We Stand for the Hallelujah Chorus

The tradition of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus began during a performance on March 23, 1743. King George II was attending the performance. When the Hallelujah Chorus began King George rose. It is unclear why he stood up, he may have been stretching his legs, it is possible that King George, who was partially deaf, mistook the opening notes for the national anthem, or he may have risen to his feet out of respect.

No one knows why King George stood but we do know that people around the world still rise to their feet whenever they hear first notes of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Nowadays, with YouTube, we may be seeing the rise of a new tradition.

Check out this  fifth grade class in Alaska.  Enjoy!

YouTube link

–Karen

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