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
...Italians, particularly Antonio 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
...composer Robert Schumann. Together they encouraged George Frideric Handel. She was the first to perform publicly any work by...
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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