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-George Frideric Handel is born
01/08/1705-George Frideric Handel's first opera Almira premieres in Hamburg
02/24/1711-George Frideric Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres in London
07/07/1713-First official performance of George Frideric Handel's Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate in London
07/17/1717-George Frideric Handel's Water Music premieres on Thames
01/12/1723-George Frideric Handel's opera Ottone, re di Germania premieres in London
02/24/1724-George Frideric Handel's opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto premieres in London
10/31/1724-George Frideric Handel's opera Tamerlano premieres in London
02/17/1728-George Frideric Handel's opera Siroe, re di Persia premieres in London
04/30/1728-George Frideric Handel's opera Tolomeo, re di Egitto premieres in London
02/02/1731-George Frideric Handel's opera Poro premieres in London
02/19/1736-George Frideric Handel's Alexander's Feast premieres in London
09/14/1741-George Frideric Handel finishes Messiah oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days 
04/13/1742-George Frideric Handel's Messiah premieres in Dublin
03/23/1743-George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
08/30/1751-George Frideric Handel completes oratorio Jephtha 
11/03/1752-George Frideric Handel undergoes (failed) eye operation 
07/10/1762-Louis-Francois Roubiliac's monument for George Frideric Handel unveiled at Westminster Abbey 
12/25/1818-George Frideric Handel's Messiah has U.S. premiere in Boston 
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