George Frederic Handel

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George Frederic Handel

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel was one of the greatest composers of the late baroque period
(1700-1750) and, during his lifetime, perhaps the most internationally famous of all

Handel was born February 24, 1685, in Halle, Germany, to a family of no musical
background. His own musical talent, however, began to show before his tenth birthday. He
received lessons from a local organist, the only musical instruction he would ever have.
His first job was as church organist in Halle. In 1703 he traveled to Hamburg, Germany. It
was here, in 1704, he composed his first opera, Almira. After achieving great success he
soon felt the urge to move on to Italy, the birthplace of operatic style. He first stopped
at Florence in the fall of 1706. Later on in the spring and summer of 1707 and 1708 he
went to Rome, and in the late spring of 1707 he made a trip to Naples. In Italy Handel
composed operas, oratorios, and many secular cantatas; he ended his Italian trip with the
spectacular success of his fifth opera, Agrippina (1709), in Venice.

Other Composers of George Frideric Handel's Time

Bach was a German organist and composer of the baroque era, one of the greatest and most
productive geniuses in the history of Western music.

In 1756 Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. One of the greatest composers in Western
music tradition, Mozart began composing at age five. By the time he was 13, he had written
sonatas, operettas, and symphonies. His works include The Marriage of Figaro , Don
Giovanni, and The Magic Flute.

Beethoven was one of the world's greatest composers was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1770,
Beethoven began to lose his hearing in 1802. By 1817 he was totally deaf. Beethoven wrote
classical pieces greater than anyone else of his time like his third Symphony, Eroica and
his Ninth Symphony. The Ninth Symphony, composed in 1824, begins with "void music" which
may have originated in the silence and gloom of Beethoven's own deafness, but the symphony
then explodes with a wonderful array of sounds. One of the most beautiful pieces of music
ever composed.
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