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George Frederick Handel:
About George Frederick Handel

1685 was a very good year for German composers. Within the space of a month, two of the greatest were born: Johann Sebastian Bach, and George Frederick Handel. Handel spent most of his career in England, where he wrote and produced both operas and oratorios.

Music heard in this episode:
Handel: Royal Fireworks
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel: Organ Concerto #5
Handel: Oboe Concerto
Handel: Il Pastor Fido
Handel: Alcina
Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music
Handel: Acis and Galatea
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

Other shows about George Frederick Handel:
The Story of Handel's Water Music Show
Other Composers' Water Music
Music by Royalty and Nobility

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About George Frederick Handel
2/23/1685 - 4/14/1759
Born in Germany

Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle, Germany. But since he spent most of his professional life in England, he's better known as George Frederick Handel.

Even though Handel was very interested in music, his father (who was a barber and surgeon) was not. There's a story that Handel smuggled a clavichord -- a VERY quiet instrument -- into the house so that he could practice in secret. Handel's father insisted that his son become a lawyer, until the day that Handel sat down at the keyboard and dazzled a duke. The duke convinced Handel's father to let his son study music.

See other composers born in Germany


This Week's Quiz:

1. Although he was a German, Handel spent most of his career in





2.Handel liked most of all to write




dance suites

3. Handel's most famous oratorio is

The Magic Flute

The Creation

The Messiah



George Frederick Handel
“Hornpipe” from Water Music

Composed in 1717
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Bohdan Warchal, conductor

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