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Overview: Handel's Life
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Born: February 23, 1685
Overview: George Frideric Handel
Father wanted son to learn Civil Law, but young Georg loved music. He secretly practiced on a small clavichord he smuggled upstairs into the house.
Studied keyboard and composition with Friedrich Zachow.
1702: Age 17, he had an organist position while studing Civil Law to please his father.
Italy & Germany
1706: traveled to Florence at invitation of Gian Gadtone de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Kapellmeister to Georg,
Elector of Hanover
1712: moved to London, came to the attention of Queen Anne - after writing a work for her, she granted him an annual stipend of £200. (=$40,808 in 2003 US dollars!)
1717: James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos
Acis and Galatea, most performed work in Handel's lifetime.
1703: Left Halle to play violin and harpsichord in Hamburg with Oper am Gänsemarkt. By 1705, two of his operas were written and produced there.
1706-1710: Rome - wrote flouris secular and sacred works only, due to papal ban on opera. Presented two operas in Florence and Venice.
Two operas in Hamburg.
King of Great Britain and Ireland
1727: George II, King of Great Britain and Ireland - "Zadok the Priest"
1734-1741: Opera at Covent Garden
1717: Water Music
1719-1734: Royal Academy of Music
Charity performances at the Foundlings Hospital
April 14, 1742: "Messiah"
Dublin, New Music Hall on Fishamble Street
1749: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Died: April 14, 1759