George Frideric Handel

Composer

1685 – 1759

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Who was George Frideric Handel?

George Frideric Handel was a German-born Baroque composer famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in a family indifferent to music, Handel received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London, and became a naturalized British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. As Alexander's Feast was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah he never performed an Italian opera again. It has been said that the passion of Handel's oratorios is an ethical one, and that they are hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by moral ideals of humanity. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Born
Feb 23, 1685
Halle
Also known as
  • George Friederich Handel
  • Händel, Georg Friedrich
  • George Frederich Haendel
  • George Friedrich Händel
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
  • George Friederic Haendel
  • George Frederick Handel
  • G.F. Haendel
  • Georg Friedrich Handel
  • G. F. Händel
Parents
Siblings
Ethnicity
  • Germans
Nationality
  • England
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
    (1702 - 1703)
Lived in
  • Halle
  • Hanover
  • London
  • Rome
  • Florence
Died
Apr 14, 1759
London
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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