Händel Messiah – Hallelujah

In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance. Tradition has it that on first hearing the chorus, King George II was so moved that he rose to his feet. As is true today, when the King stands, so do all subjects also rise; thus engendering the tradition. However, modern scholarship holds its origins in doubt: the King may not have even been present at the premiere.
Occasionally, people unfamiliar with the work have been known to leave after this movement, assuming this to be the end of the oratorio when this is, as noted above, merely the conclusion of the second of the three parts.
It is also interesting to note that here, again, is seen a common titling mistake. The name of the chorus is Hallelujah, not "The Hallelujah Chorus". The word "chorus" simply refers to the type of movement and is not part of the title. It is not incorrect to refer to it as "the Hallelujah chorus"; it is, however, incorrect to title it as such.