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16851696-17501759
a German-born British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Born in a family indifferent to music, Handel received critical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London (1712), and became a naturalized British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
 Timeline (19)
02/23/1685-Georg Friedric Handel is born
01/08/1705-Georg Friedric Handel's first opera Almira premieres in Hamburg
02/24/1711-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres in London
07/07/1713-First official performance of Georg Friedric Handel's Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate in London
07/17/1717-Georg Friedric Handel's Water Music premieres on Thames
01/12/1723-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Ottone, re di Germania premieres in London
02/24/1724-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto premieres in London
10/31/1724-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Tamerlano premieres in London
02/17/1728-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Siroe, re di Persia premieres in London
04/30/1728-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Tolomeo, re di Egitto premieres in London
02/02/1731-Georg Friedric Handel's opera Poro premieres in London
02/19/1736-Georg Friedric Handel's Alexander's Feast premieres in London
09/14/1741-Georg Friedric Handel finishes Messiah oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days 
04/13/1742-Georg Friedric Handel's Messiah premieres in Dublin
03/23/1743-Georg Friedric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
08/30/1751-Georg Friedric Handel completes oratorio Jephtha 
11/03/1752-Georg Friedric Handel undergoes (failed) eye operation 
07/10/1762-Louis-Francois Roubiliac's monument for Georg Friedric Handel unveiled at Westminster Abbey 
12/25/1818-Georg Friedric Handel's Messiah has U.S. premiere in Boston 
 Mentions (19)
Harriett Abrams
...praised for her performances in the repertoire of George Frideric Handel, Abrams enjoyed a successful concert career in London...
William Babell
...strongly influenced by his close acquaintance with George Frideric Handel. Johann Mattheson thought he surpassed Handel as...
Anselm Bayly
...theorist, associated with the performance of works by George Frideric Handel. Bayly was educated at Christ Church, Oxford,...
Thomas Broughton
...miscellaneous writer, whose works include the libretto to George Frideric Handel's Hercules. He was an industrious writer in...
James Caulfield
...quantity of music by John Ashley, to engrave for the George Frideric Handel commemoration. He also wrote many books on diverse...
Fortunato Chelleri
...libretto of Belisario Valeriano which was used by George Frideric Handel for Atalanta, and Amalasunta. During his time in Germany...
Joseph Corfe
...the Chapel Royal and sang in the commemoration for George Frideric Handel in the following year. He published a volume of church...
Willem de Fesch
...by the Italians, particularly Vivaldi, as well as George Frideric Handel.
Michel Richard Delalande
...cantatas of JS Bach and the Water Music and oratorios of George Frideric Handel.
William Felton [1]
...composed three sets of six concertos, modelled on George Frideric Handel's and composed the glee, "Fill, fill, fill the glass"....
Elisabetta de Gambarini
...father, Charles Gambarini. She took part as a soprano in George Frideric Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus at 1 April 1747....
Newburgh Hamilton
...Irish author and librettist. He is known to have been George Frideric Handel’s librettist for three works: Alexander’s...
Philip Hayes
...late Baroque idioms as practiced by composers such as George Frideric Handel, together with a clear grasp of early classical...
John Frederick Lampe
...defiance of the vogue for Italian opera popularised by George Frideric Handel and Nicola Porpora.
Carl Ferdinand August Linger
...Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1859 its first performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah as well as helping to found a...
Franz Xaver Richter
...the missing links between the generation of Bach and George Frideric Handel and the Viennese classic.
Clara Schumann
...Brahms, notably the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by George Frideric Handel.
John Christopher Smith
...composer who, following in his father's footsteps, became George Frideric Handel's secretary and amanuensis. Smith's first...
Cecilia Young
...amount of success through her close association with George Frideric Handel. She appeared in several of his oratorios and operas...
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George Frideric Handel16851696
 
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Gaspar Sanz16401660
 
16971710
 an Aragonese composer, guitarist, organist and priest born to a wealthy family in Calanda in the ...
John Blow1649, Feb1668
 
17001708, Oct 1
 an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1669. In 1685 he was...
Sybrand van Noordt the Younger1659/601700
 
 
17091705
 organist of the old church at Amsterdam about the year 1700 was one of the best performers of his...
Jan Adams Reincken1643, Dec1657
 
17221722, Nov 24
 a Dutch/German organist and composer. He was one of the most important German composers of the 17...
Marie-Anne-Catherine Quinault1695, Aug 261709
 
 
17221791
 a French singer and composer. She made her debut at the Paris Opera in 1709 in Jean-Baptiste Lull...
Nicolas Gilles Forqueray1703, Feb 151719
 
 
17221761, Oct 22
 Born and died in Chaumes-en-Brie. He was organist of the Chapel of Louis XV and several Parisian...
William Babell1689/901711
 
 
17231723, Sep 23
 an English musician, composer, and prolific arranger of vocal music for harpsichord. He wrote num...
Georg Bohm1661, Sep 21680
 
17271733, May 18
 a German Baroque organist and composer. He is notable for his development of the chorale partita ...
Jean-Francois Dandrieu1682 ca1687
 
17391739, Feb 7
 a French Baroque composer, harpsichordist and organist. Dandrieu's harpsichord writing is reminis...
Richard Jonesunknown1720
 
 
17441744, Jan 20
 an English composer and violinist. His pantomime stage works and ballad operas are all lost excep...
Paolo Benedetto Bellinzani16821700
 
 
17491757, Feb 26
 an Italian composer of first half of the eighteenth century. Among his works are holy masses, off...
Michielina della Pietaunknown1700
 
 
1749unknown
 an Italian composer, violinist, organist, and teacher of music. A foundling admitted in infancy t...
Johann Sebastian Bach1685, Mar 311703
 
17501750, Jul 28
 a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles throu...
Santa della Pietaunknown1725
 
17501774 ca
 an Italian singer, composer, and violinist. She is known to have been a contralto soloist, violin...
Francesco Durante16841725
 
17551755
 a Neapolitan composer. A complete collection of Durante's works, consisting almost exclusively of...
Charles Dolleunknown1735
 
17551755 ca
 a French viol player and composer. Very little is known about his life. He was active in Paris an...
Richard Mudge17181741
 
17571763, Apr
 an English clergyman and composer of the late baroque period. Mudge became curate of the villages...
Manuel Jose de Quirosunknown1730
 
17601765
 an 18th-century Guatemalan composer. Quirós is the first musician in the New World to receive a ...
Giovanni Giorgiunknown1719
 
17621762
 a priest and an Italian composer. His style of polychoral church compositions are influenced by e...
Francesco Araja1709, Jun 251729
 
17651768 ca
 an Italian composer who spent 25 years in Russia and wrote at least 14 operas for the Russian Imp...
Elisabeth de Haulteterre1720 ca1737
 
17681768
 a French composer and violinist. Despite the similarity of the name, she did not come from La Cou...
Johann Joachim Quantz1697, Jan 301716
 
17691773, Jul 12
 a German flutist, flute maker and composer. He composed hundreds of flute sonatas and concertos, ...
Jan Zach1699, Nov1724
 
17721773, May 24
 a Czech composer, violinist and organist. Although he was a gifted and versatile composer capable...
Johann Peter Kellner1705, Sep 281725
 
17721772, Apr 19
 a German organist and composer. He was the father of Johann Christoph Kellner. He was appointed c...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau1712, Jun 281739
 
17761778, Jul 2
 a philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the ...
Francesco Uttini17231743
 
17761795, Oct 25
 an Italian composer and conductor who was active mostly in Sweden. an Italian composer and conduc...
James Nares1715, Apr 191734
 
17811783, Feb 10
 an English composer of mostly sacred vocal works, though he also composed for the harpsichord and...
Johann Philipp Kirnberger1721, Apr 241741
 
17831783, Jul 27
 a musician, composer (primarily of fugues), and music theorist. Kirnberger played a significant r...
Carlo Zuccari1704, Nov 101720
 
17921792, May 3
 an Italian composer and violinist of the late Baroque and early classical; he worked mainly in Mi...
Benjamin Cooke1734, Nov 281743
 
17931793, Sep 14
 an English composer, organist and teacher. He was the organist at Westminster Abbey, master of th...
Joseph Haydn1732, Mar 311739
 
18031809, May 31
 a prominent and prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the de...
Joseph Abaco1710, Mar 271729
 
18051805, Aug 31
 an Italian violoncellist and composer. He wrote nearly 40 cello sonatas, the Capricci for Violonc...
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