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Handel

A brief history on GF Handel.
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Halla Walcott

on 1 March 2013

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Handel: A Brief History of G.F. Handel by Alex Nichols & Halla Walcott So, who exactly Handel? was Georg Frederic Handel, commonly known as just “Handel,” is considered one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period. World renowned, he has a multitude of works that are associated not only with his own name, but with whole nations. He composed both secular and religious pieces, and only altered his style to suit whomever was promoting him at the time. Skillful in both instrumental and vocal composition,
Handel's works include:
42 operas,
29 oratorios,
more than 120 cantatas, trios, and duets,
numerous arias,
chamber music,
ecumenical pieces,
odes and serenatas, and
16 organ concerti. The most famous of which is probably his masterpiece The Messiah, most recognized by its "Hallelujah chorus" Sound familiar yet? The Baroque period was an artistic period that was clearly defined by the use of exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur. These styles showed not only in music, but art and theater as well.
Handel greatly embodies the characteristics that were commonplace in the Baroque period, mainly due to his dramatic works such as the Messiah, Hercules, Agrippina, Rinaldo, Teseo, and more.
In this age, Handel practically defined the oratorio, and used the medium to its fullest potential.
His works have reached popularity all across the world, and multiple homages have been dedicated to him since his death in 1759. Mark on Music Early Life Influences Basics:
Born Feb. 23rd, 1685 in Halle, Germany
Died April 14th, 1759 in London, England

Handel’s ideal profession was originally supposed to be in law
strictly forbidden to work with musical instruments as a child
the fact that he was forbidden to work in music fueled his desire to do it anyway
managed to sneak a clavichord into the uppermost room in his house, to play at night
eventually learned to play the harpsichord and pipe organ Patrons Some of Handel's most famous works were actually commissioned by some of his patrons, including

In his life, Handel worked in the courts of several royal superpowers in Europe, including:
Italian Prince Ferdinando de' Medici, son and heir of the Grand Duke of Tuscany
German Prince Ernst August of Hanover
German Prince Georg, Elector of Hanover, later to become King George I of England
King George II of England
Queen Anne I of England Later Life Influences While still in Germany, Handel held many musical positions, including working as the organist for the Moritzburg Calvinist cathedral, violinist and harpsichordist for the Hamburg Orchestra, and clavecinist for the Hamburg Opera.
While working in the Hamburg Opera, he became acquainted with the composer Georg Telemann, whose input would go on to influence some of Handel's later works. "Music for the Royal Fireworks" "Water Music Suite". and Famous Works In 1727 Handel was commissioned to write four anthems for the Coronation ceremony of King George II. One of the movements, Zadok the Priest, has been used as the official British Coronation anthem ever since. Famous Works (cont.) From Handel's "Water Music Suite" stems the tune to "Cantate Deo," which is a typical piece played at formal gatherings and weddings. Bibliography http://www.hoasm.org/PeriodX.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel
Duncan Fielden and David Vickers, http://www.gfhandel.org/
http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxhandel.html
http://www2.nau.edu/tas3/handel.html Thanks For Watching In Italy, Handel produced some of his first successful operas and oratorios, with cast and orchestra members including Arcangelo Corelli, Domenico Scarlatti, and Alessandro Scarlatti, whom Handel greatly admired during their time working together.

At the request of many of his patrons and producers, Handel's style was gradually shaped to fit whatever occasion he was composing for, at the proper price. Later Life Influences (Handel's salary stretched to upwards of about $73,000 a year at times)
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