'Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah'
Commonly sung at the end of Easter Sunday worship services in the United States, the “Hallelujah Chorus” from George Frederick Handel’s Messiah is a widely known song.
The 18th century work, still often used in modern popular culture to note great celebration, was composed by Handel over the span of less than a month.
"Legend has it that when King George II first heard the 'Hallelujah' chorus during a performance of Handel's 'Messiah' in London, he stood to his feet in reverence, which thus compelled the rest of the crowd to stand," explained the Southeast Outlook.
"More than 250 years later, crowds still rise to their feet upon hearing the first notes of 'Hallelujah,' often performed by church choirs during Christmas and Easter celebrations."