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  George Frideric Handel: his story from Germany to England
Handel's great love of opera, its flamboyant singers and the challenge of inciting and maintaining the interest of a fickle public audience began to draw him away from the fairly constricted circle of the court and its music.
Handel took an appointment as resident composer with the Earl of Carnarvon (from 1717 the Duke of Chandos) who maintained a complement of singers and instrumentalists for use in his two houses, one in central London, the other in the (then!) quiet countryside at Cannons, Edgware, north London.
Handel's popularity at this popular social venue was attested by the installation of a marble bust of Handel by the sculptor Louis-Francois Roubiliac, commissioned by Jonathan Tyers, owner of the pleasure gardens.
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 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
In the earlier part of his career Handel wrote a large number of solo and duo Italian cantatas, with instrumental accompaniment, as well as vocal duets and trios with the more economical accompaniment of basso continuo, a chordal and a bass instrument.
Since Corelli, a musician who was said to have found Handel's "French" style alien to Italian tradition, the "concerto grosso" had continued as the most popular Baroque orchestral form, with a small concertino group, usually of 2 violins, cello and harpsichord, contrasted with the whole string orchestra.
Handel left a great deal of keyboard music, most of it for the harpsichord and much of it written early in his career.
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 George Frideric Handel, Composer
George Frideric Handel was the son of a barber-surgeon.
George and his aunt placed the spinet in the attic and whenever George had a chance he would go to the attic to play.
George's father was the appointed barber-surgeon to the court of Saxe Weissinfels.
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 George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel began his life in Germany, the son of a barber-surgeon who wanted him to study law.
In England, Handel continued to write operas in the serious Italian style, but his position as the leading operatic composer in England was soon challenged, first by the advent of a rival opera company (the Opera of the Nobility) and then by the development of a new and lighter style of the ballad opera.
Handel's output as a composer declined in his later years, but he continued to conduct and perform (he was a brilliant organist).
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 The "Case" of George Frideric Handel
Keynes suggested, for example, that Handel had clear depressive episodes in 1729, 1734, 1737, 1743, and 1745.(1) Slater and Meyer concluded that he had cyclothymia to a marked degree and was probably genetically disposed to manic-depressive illness.(2) I do not believe there are data to support any of these myths.
Handel was born in 1685 to a middle-class physician's family in Halle and was well brought up and educated.
Handel's tactical decision to shift from secular opera to sacred oratorio permitted his later apotheosis as the musical master of solemn Victorian religiosity.
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  Essentials of Music - Composers
George Frideric Handel began his life in Germany, the son of a barber-surgeon who wanted him to study law.
In England, Handel continued to write operas in the serious Italian style, but his position as the leading operatic composer in England was soon challenged, first by the advent of a rival opera company (the Opera of the Nobility) and then by the development of a new and lighter style of the ballad opera.
Handel's output as a composer declined in his later years, but he continued to conduct and perform (he was a brilliant organist).
www.essentialsofmusic.com /composer/handel.html   (580 words)

  
  Handel, George Frideric - MSN Encarta
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759), composer of German birth but English by naturalization, one of the greatest composers of the late Baroque period and, during his lifetime, perhaps the most internationally famous of all musicians.
Handel was forced to face his truancy when in 1714 the Elector of Hanover, his former employer, became King George I of England.
Handel's greatest gift to posterity was undoubtedly the creation of the dramatic oratorio genre, partly out of existing operatic traditions and partly by force of his own musical imagination; without question, the oratorios of both the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and the German composer Felix Mendelssohn owe a large debt to those of Handel.
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  George Frideric Handel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George Frideric Handel (or Georg Friedrich Händel in German) (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios.
Handel was born at Halle in Saxony in 1685, coincidentally in the same year that both Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti were born.
Handel's compositions include some fifty operas, twenty-three oratorios, and a large amount of church music, not to speak of his superb instrumental pieces, such as the organ concerti, the Opus 6 Concerti Grossi, the Water Music, and the Fireworks Music.
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 ArtsAlive.ca - Music : Great Composers
George Frideric Handel was born in Halle, Germany, on February 23, 1685.
George Frideric Handel composed many wonderful works; including his "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" concerto, the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and the Music for the Royal Fireworks.
Handel was also a very funny man. He used English, French, Italian and German, all mixed up together, to tell his great stories, just as he combined the music styles of those countries to compose his musical works.
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Keynes suggested, for example, that Handel had clear depressive episodes in 1729, 1734, 1737, 1743, and 1745.(1) Slater and Meyer concluded that he had cyclothymia to a marked degree and was probably genetically disposed to manic-depressive illness.(2) I do not believe there are data to support any of these myths.
George Frideric Handel was born in Halle in 1685, the son of a successful barber-surgeon and his much younger, second wife.
George Frideric Handel was born at Halle, in upper Saxony, in February 1685.
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 MSN Encarta - Handel
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), German-born composer, who worked primarily in England, considered one of the most important masters of the baroque period (from about 1600 to 1750).
Handel and his German contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach are considered the greatest composers of the early 18th century.
Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle, Germany (he later anglicized the spelling of his name).
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 Handel, George Frideric. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Handel was one of the greatest masters of baroque music, most widely celebrated for his majestic oratorio Messiah.
Handel’s sight became impaired in 1751, and by 1753 he was totally blind, but he continued to conduct performances of his works on occasion.
Handel’s musical style exemplifies the vigor and grandeur of the late German baroque and at the same time has English and Italian qualities of directness, clarity, and charm.
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 George Frideric Handel
Handel and Matheson made much music on this occasion, but did not compete, because they found that the successful candidate was required to accept the hand of the elderly daughter of the retiring organist.
Handel's artistic conscience was that of the most easygoing opportunist, or he would never have continued until 1741 to work in a field that gave so little scope for his genius.
Handel did not see in it a fine opening for a great ecclesiastical work, but he saw in it an admirable expression of popular jubilation, and he understood how to bring out its character with the liveliest sense of climax and dramatic interest by taking it at its own value as a popular tune.
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 George Frideric Handel - Biography - AOL Music
George Handel was born in Halle to a distinguished barber who wanted his son to become a lawyer.
The Duke of Chandos, after seeing the opera, gave George Handel permission to compose an oratorio titled "Esther and the 11 Chandos anthems for choir and string orchestra." It was this accomplishment that won him the approval of the king and permission to open the Royal Academy of Music.
George Handel suffered a stroke in 1737 and was forced to retire while recovering.
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Handel was born in Germany and baptized Georg Friederich Händel.
Even though Georg was very musical, his father (who was a surgeon) wanted him to become a lawyer, not a musician.
Georg’s father removed all the musical instruments from the house and refused to let him study music.
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 George Frideric Handel biography - 8notes.com
Handel was director of the Royal Academy of Music 1720-1728, and a partner of J.
Handel also had a long association with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, where many of his Italian operas were premiered.
Handel's compositions include some fifty operas, twenty-three oratorios, and a large amount of church music, not to speak of his superb instrumental pieces, such as the organ concerti, the Opus 6 Concerti Grossi, the Water Music, and the Fireworks Music.
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 Handel, George Frideric
George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest composers of the baroque period, was born in Halle, Germany, on Feb. 23, 1685.
At the age of 12, Handel became the assistant organist at the cathedral of Halle, where the principal organist was his teacher, the excellent composer Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau (1663-1712).
Handel's English oratorios are unusual for their time in their prominent use of the chorus.
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 George Frideric Handel, Composer - The Michael O'Neal Singers
The MOS has frequently included Handel in its performances: Hallelujah in the 2004 Christmas concert, choruses and arias from Messiah in 2002, and Coronation Anthems in 2002 and 1996.
While Handel was alive, the work was performed under such different circumstances, with performers of different musical skills, and with Handel and his librettist Charles Jennens constantly at odds over interpretation, that Handel frequently rewrote passages and entire numbers to deal with the immediate needs of the particular performance.
Handel himself remained active in music virtually all his life: he was at the organ accompanying a performance of Messiah one week before he died at age 74.
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 Georg Frideric Handel
The previous year Handel, who had been appointed a composer to the Chapel Royal in 1723, had composed four anthems for the coronation of George II and had taken British naturalization.
Handel was very economical in the re-use of his ideas; at many times in his life he also drew heavily on the music of others (though generally avoiding detection) - such 'borrowings' may be of anything from a brief motif to entire movements, sometimes as they stood but more often accommodated to his own style.
Handel died in 1759 and was buried in Westminster Abbey, recognized in England and by many in Germany as the greatest composer of his day.
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 George Frideric Handel — FactMonster.com
His employer, the elector, became George I of England in 1714.
Handel's sight became impaired in 1751, and by 1753 he was totally blind, but he continued to conduct performances of his works on occasion.
Handel's musical style exemplifies the vigor and grandeur of the late German baroque and at the same time has English and Italian qualities of directness, clarity, and charm.
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 George Frideric Handel Biography
Handel left Italy for a job as court composer and conductor in Hannover, Germany, where he arrived in the spring of 1710.
Handel was forced to face his truancy when in 1714 the elector at Hannover, his former employer, became King George I of England.
Handel's greatest gift to posterity was undoubtedly the creation of the dramatic oratorio genre, partly out of existing operatic traditions and partly by force of his own musical imagination; without question, the oratorios of both the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and the German composer Felix Mendelssohn owe a large debt to those of Handel.
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 Baroque Composers - George Frideric Handel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 to a prosperous barber-surgeon who felt that music was not a suitable profession for his son.
Handel's biggest opportunity came with the founding of the Royal Academy of Music in 1720.
He was appointed as one of the music directors, and at the age of 35 held one of the key positions in the artistic life of England.
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 George Frideric Handel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Handel entered the University of Hamburg in 1703 where he also found a post as a violinist for the opera.
Handel's personality was reflected as a strength in his writing.
Handel was a humble man, with a reputation of absolute integrity.
www.ptloma.edu /music/MUH/composers/handel.htm   (517 words)

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