George Frederic Handel

German…gained greatest acclaim in England…lived 1685 to 1759…considered by Beethoven
to be greatest of all composers;  quote, “ I could learn from him”…sword duel, only saved by
button on suit…rank by Goulding, #9.

                                   Works Featured on CD's

HandelAir, from Water Music Suiteprobably composed for King George I of England,
1717… played on orchestral boat, Thames River…often heard during times of prayer,
meditation at weddings, funerals.

HandelWater Music:  Alla Hornpipe. 

HANDELArrival of the Queen of Sheba, from oratorio, Solomon, 1749…Definition:
Oratorio, a religious text, set to music, with no scenery, but with singing and orchestra.

HANDELMessiah, Hallelujah Chorus, 1742…often heard at Christmas, actually
for Easter…greatest oratorio in all classical music.

HANDEL…Opera, Xerxes, Largo, 1738…Definition: Largo, coming from the Italian
word “largamente” meaning slowly.

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