Um, only time will tell?

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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

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