The Anointed One
CCMM will host The Anointed One at the Verbrugghen Hall as a grand scale Choral-Orchestral concert. To this end, the CCMM will present a 60 strong choir accompanied by 40 members orchestra, added with the highlight of three invited outstanding vocal soloists from overseas. The repertoire will include classical sacred composition by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Faure, Vivaldi, as well as The Anointed One composed by the contemporary Chinese composer Prof. Geshun Ma.
The Anointed One was composed by the well-known Chinese sacred music composer and chorus conductor, the late Prof. Geshun Ma. Prof. Geshun Ma was the conductor of the Shanghai Churches’ Combined Choir in the early 1950s. When it became repetitive to rehearse Handel's "Messiah" year after year, he tried to make a change to rehearse Bach's "Christmas Oratorio". He said: "It was a similar kind of work, but I felt that this work was much more difficult to learn”. As a result, Professor Ma began to think of creating a Christmas cantata that would suit the standard for the choir he was conducting. In the spring of 1953, he commenced writing The Anointed One. The work was completed in the spring of 1954 after a whole year of hard work. The China Baptist Book Company subsequently published this work in October that year. On the 19thDecember, 1954, The Anointed One was premiered at the Shanghai Mu Er church (now Mu En Hall, South Tibet Road), and received enthusiastic response.
For more than 60 years, this work has been widely performed in Chinese churches all over the world, and has become well recognised among the Chinese Christians. Many Chinese Christians see this work as an alternative to Handel’s Messiah and is easier to learn.
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