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 George Frideric Handel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1727 Handel was commissioned to write four anthems for the coronation ceremony of King George II.
Handel was director of the Royal Academy of Music 1720-1728, and a partner of J.
Handel is the owner of Garfield in a past life of the TV special Garfield: His 9 Lives.
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 HANDEL - LoveToKnow Article on HANDEL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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.
Handels artistic conscience was that of the most easy-going opportunist, or he would never have continued till 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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 MSN Encarta - Handel
Handel and his German contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach are considered the greatest composers of the early 18th century.
Handel suffered a stroke in 1737 and later that year joined a new opera company, probably managed by Heidegger.
Handel began to concentrate on oratorios in English in 1732, following a successful revival of Esther in London that year, and by the 1740s he composed an average of two a year.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761554811/Handel_George_Frideric.html   (1275 words)

 HOASM: George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)
Handel was intended for a lawyer; but; in spite of his father's strenuous opposition, he secretly taught himself to play the harpsichord.
In 1692, when Handel was seven years old, his father took him on a visit to his elder step-brother, valet at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels; here the boy gained access to the chapel organ, and was heard by the Duke, who insisted on his receiving a good musical education.
Handel was peculiarly fortunate in coming to England just as the ebb of English national stage-music after the death of Purcell (from whom he learned much) was turning toward the flood tide of Italian opera.
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 SPECTRUM Biographies - George Frederick Handel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Handel's father was a surgeon at the court of the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, and his mother was the daughter of a Lutheran minister.
Handel was an accomplished organist by the age of 8.
Handel was a member of the violin section of the opera orchestra, and in 1705, he conducted the first performance of his opera Almira..
www.incwell.com /Biographies/Handel.html   (833 words)

 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 was still determined to write for the stage, but recognizing at last the realities of changing public tastes - and the economics of ignoring them - Handel turned to a form which he had gradually been developing over ten years: English oratorios, in many ways musically operatic, though far more reliant upon the chorus.
www.baroquemusic.org /bqxhandel.html   (2522 words)

 Handel, Georg Friedrich: Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Handel sojourned in Italy in 1706 where he met Corelli, and both Scarlattis (Alessandro and Domenico).
In 1717 Handel succeeded Pepusch as chapel master to the Duke of Chandos.
Handel is mentioned in a letter (1775) from Carl Philip Emanuel to Forkel as one whose works his father had especially valued in later years.
www2.nau.edu /~tas3/handel.html   (434 words)

 ArtsAlive.ca - Music : Great Composers
Handel acknowledged God as the force behind the composing of the oratorio, Messiah.
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.
Handel could still play the organ and concertos from memory, and improvised musical scores.
www.artsalive.ca /en/mus/greatcomposers/handel.html   (1011 words)

With Handel on the other hand, even religious oratorios such as the Messiah, have a theatrical quality that is not exclusively of the church and that communicates to an already burgeoning middle class audience.
Although Handel was known to be imperious at times, and to have a huge temper as well as an enormous appetite, he was also known for his sense of humor and generous, honorable and pious nature.
Handel, along with Bach, is one of the supreme glories of his age for many reasons, not the least of which is the sincerity and clarity of his emotional meaning.
www.classicalarchives.com /bios/handel_bio.html   (1351 words)

 Georg Frideric Handel
Works by Bononcini (seen by some as a rival to Handel) and others were given too, with success at least equal to Handel's, by a company with some of the finest singers in Europe, notably the castrato Senesino and the soprano Cuzzoni.
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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 Handel's Messiah
Messiah remains Handel's best known work, although this was not a status that it enjoyed until the last few years of his life, brought about by annual performances in Handel's oratorio seasons and charitable benefit concerts at the Foundling Hospital (an organisation for underprivileged children, and which still exists today as The Thomas Coram Foundation).
Handel, arguably the most cosmopolitan and versatile theatrical composer of the baroque period, was born and trained in Germany, achieved mastery and success in every musical genre while in Italy, and then settled for nearly five decades in England, during which time he assimilated all those nation's musical styles and specialised in operas and oratorios.
Tobin edited Messiah for the Hallische Handel Ausgabe (published by Barenreiter), and was one of the first conducters in the 20th century to use performing forces on a similar scale and layout to Handel.
gfhandel.org /messiah.htm   (2255 words)

 The Life and Times of Georg Friedrich Handel
Georg Friedrich Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in Halle-in-Saxony, a Prussian town famous for its university and prosperous due to its salt springs.
The senior Handel was sufficiently skilled as to be appointed barber-surgeon to the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, where apparently his employer the Duke heard young Georg doodling on the court organ one day in 1693 and urged Handel to steer the boy in the direction of a musical career.
Handel wanted his son to study law but accommodated the Duke's desire and had Georg tutored by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, who taught harpsichord, oboe, organ and violin, and who introduced his pupil to a spectrum of French, Italian and German scores.
www.devine-ent.com /shows/composers/handel-bio.shtml   (1103 words)

Handel was one of the famous composers of the Baroque Period.
Handel's parents wanted Handel to grow up in the profession of law, but music was in Handel's blood.
Handel was probably inspired to write that wonderful music was heroic historical figures for the plays and the Bible for the oratorios.
studyworld.com /handel.htm   (600 words)

 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.
www.8notes.com /school/history/handel.asp   (1033 words)

In 1696, Handel paid a visit with hisfather to the court of the the future King of Prussia (Frederick I).
Handel had recently composed his "Water Music", which is said to have been performed for a royal water party on the Thames River in 1717.
Handel became a citizen of England in 1726.
www.amphi.com /~mruane/Biographies/Handel/handel.html   (645 words)

 George Frideric Handel - Portraits of Great Christians - In Touch Ministries
Handel was born in Halle, Germany on February 23, 1685.
His father agreed, and Handel went to study with the organist at their local church.
Handel met trials and misfortune that might have crushed others who did not have faith in God.
www.intouch.org /myintouch/mighty/portraits/george_frideric_handel_213708.html   (893 words)

 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL - a brief biography
George Frideric Handel, considered 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).
A prolific composer in many genres, Handel is well known for his outstanding contributions to English church music, secular vocal music, and instrumental music of various types, particularly the concerto.
www.solarhaven.org /handel.htm   (634 words)

Georg Friedrich Handel was born in the Prussian town of Halle-in-Saxony, on February 23, 1685.
Handel had been working on a very special sacred musical oratorio on the life of Esther, and the church which was not used to seeing God's word and sacred music utilized outside of the church in a theatre type setting, was outraged!
Handel's good friend, Charles Jennens, who was the son of the Humphrey Jennens; brought him a biblical text which needed orchastration.
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 Internet Public Library: Music History 102   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Throughout his career, Handel continually composed much wonderful instrumental music, including many fine organ concertos, a good amount of keyboard music, and celebratory music such as the suite of airs and dances known as the Water Music, written to accompany a royal barge trip down the Thames in 1717.
Although Handel's operas were immensely popular when they were written, by the 1730s public interest in opera had faded considerably, and Handel ended up losing a great deal of money continually attempting to find further success in the genre.
The incredible successes of Handel's oratorios made a deep and lasting impression on English music for the next century, and no native-born musicians were able to gain a foothold with the public due to their continuing popularity.
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Handel’s father was a barber-surgeon who hated music and wanted his son to become a successful lawyer.
Handel’s use of biblical words in a theatre was revolutionary, and those who opposed Handel went to great extremes to keep his oratorios from being successful.
Handel’s genius was in bringing new and dramatic twists to the familiar and mundane.
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George Frideric Handel was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany.
Handel moved to England and remained the rest of his life.
Handel wrote in many musical forms, including chamber music, vocal and choral works, pieces for the harpsichord, and concertos.
www.empire.k12.ca.us /capistrano/Mike/capmusic/baroque/handel/handel.htm   (158 words)

 Handel Organ Concertos Opus 7, Third Set — CD
Handel's Organ Concertos were written primarily as interludes in his Oratorios, the first two, according to Dr. Charles Burney, appearing with Deborah on March 17th and Esther on April 14th, 1733, both at the King's Theatre, Haymarket.
Though the publication post-dated Handel's death by two years, it seems likely that Handel himself supervised the preparation of this edition..These concertos are perhaps less-known than the more familiar Opus 4 and the ubiquitous "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" (No 13).
Handel was a great improviser, and indeed these concertos began life as, and were built around Handel's own improvisations which would of course have differed with each performance.
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 Learn more about George Frideric Handel in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
At the age of seven he was a skillful performer on the piano and organ, and at nine he began to compose music.
In 1710 Handel became Kapellmeister to George, elector of Hanover, afterward George I of the United Kingdom.
He was director of the Royal Academy of Music 1720-28, and a partner of J. Heidegger in the management of the King's Theatre 1729-34.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /g/ge/george_frideric_handel.html   (788 words)

 The Water Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Handel composed the suite in 1717 and it was published in 1741.
Handel was born in 1685, the same year as Bach, another famous German composer.
Handel liked to travel and he visited England in 1710 but he returned home and became "director of music" for the Elector of Hanover.
www.duckmusic.free-online.co.uk /hatton/year8/water/water.htm   (1086 words)

 George Frederic Handel(1685-1759)
George Frederic Handel was born in Germany to George, a renowned barber-surgeon and his much younger wife, the daughter of a pastor.
Handel composed the music to Messiah in the 24 days between August 22 and September 14, 1741.
Handel's final musical appearance, in which he conducted Messiah, was eight days before his death.
www.cofchrist.org /messiah/thepiece1.asp   (528 words)

 The World's Greatest Composer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Handel is best known for his English oratorios, particularly The Messiah, which was the last music Handel heard in performance.
At the age of 12, Handel became the assistant organist at the cathedral of Halle.
Charles Burney, the 18th century music historian, remarked that Handel's Messiah "fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and fostered the orphan." While it has done all that to be sure, it has also directed the hearts of millions of Christians to the magnificence and awesomeness of Jesus Christ.
www.ao.net /~jmo/john/music/handel.html   (1043 words)

 "Handel in Iowa 2003" Will Bring Scholars, Performances To UI
The "new" "Gloria" by Handel was discovered in the library of the Royal Academy of Music in London by Hans Joachim Marx of the University of Hamburg.
Most of Handel's music had been kept together by the composer, but this score had probably been mislaid at some point, and remained unknown to musicians and scholars alike for nearly 300 years.
"Handel in Iowa 2003" is sponsored by the American Handel Society, with support from the Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction.
www.uiowa.edu /~ournews/2003/february/021303handelconference.html   (1133 words)

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