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Overview: Handel's Life

A 15 minute look at the life and times of George Friderik Handel.

Edward Hurd

on 9 October 2015

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Transcript of Overview: Handel's Life

Born: February 23, 1685
Halle, Germany
Father: Georg
eminent Barber-Surgeon
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.
George I
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
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