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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (Composer)

Born: 5th March 1685, Halle (Saale)

Died: 14th April 1759, London

Nationality: English, German

George Frideric was a German-British Baroque composer well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi, and organ concertos. Handel received his training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition and by composers of the Italian Baroque.

Handel started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. In 1737 he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively, and addressed the middle class and made a transition to English choral works.

Further Reading: Handel

 Interview, Harry Bicket on Handel's La Resurrezione

The conductor talks about his new recording of Handel's unusual oratorio dramatising the post-Easter story.

 Interview, Sandrine Piau on Handel's Enchantresses

The French soprano talks to Katherine about her new album featuring snapshots of Alcina, Morgana, Cleopatra and others, and about her rather unorthodox route to a solo singing career...

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