Um, only time will tell?
Re Handel Completes Messiah (Sept.14): In 1750, the Parliament of Great Britain passed The Calendar (New Style) Act, with the result that Great Britain replaced the Julian calendar, its existing calendar, with the Gregorian calendar, which was already in place in most of western Europe. In order to make this change, the calendar in England was advanced by 11 days, so that Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, Sept. 14, 1752.
Accordingly, it is, if not inaccurate, at least misleading to report the date on which Handel completed his work as Sept. 14, 1741, leading one to infer that Sept. 14, 2017, was the 276th anniversary of that great musical moment. But the former date is a date on the Julian calendar while, of course, the latter date is one on our current Gregorian calendar.
In fact, Sept. 14, 2017, on the Gregorian calendar corresponds to Sept. 1, 2017 on the Julian calendar. The anniversary of Handel’s completion of the
Messiah will occur on Sept. 27, 2017, of the Gregorian calendar. So you have a few days to consider printing a timely correction. – Bernard D. Katz, Toronto