GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL

23rd February 1685 - 14thApril 1759

Handel was already showing signs of a Musical talent as a very young boy, while living in his native Halle, Germany. His father however wanted him to be a lawyer and was determined that his son should not be distracted by his artistic pursuits. As a precaution, his father banned all musical instruments from the house. At times Handel was even kept away from the school in case he should learn musical notation. It was this stern parental attitude that would make the young man such a determined musician. In later life, he also indulged his passion for the arts by building up a first rate private collection of paintings. By the time he was seven, Handel had learned the basics of playing a keyboard. A 'dumb spinet', a small clavichord with its strings bound in cloth to deaden the sound had been smuggled into the attic, where Handel often stole away to practice. Around this time, Handel's father set off to the court of the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, where his elder son had a post in the Duke's retinue.

Told that he could not go, young Handel doggedly walked after his father's carriage for several miles before the old man relented and allowed his son to make the journey. At Weissenfels, Handel discovered the chapel organ. He tried his hand on it one day and was overheard by the Duke,who was so impressed that he announced a genius in the making. The Duke called the boy's father and persuaded him to encourage his son's exceptional talent. Back in Halle. Handel was sent to study with cathedral organist F.W.Zachow. Before long, he was playing the violin, oboe and the harpsichord, but his special talent was for the organ Zachow's lessons involved imitating the style of other composers, so Handel began a lifelong habit of borrowing good ideas from other people and using them in his own work. In 1702 Handel went to Halle University to study law in an effort to comply with his fathers wishes. Before long however he had become the organist at the Calvinist Cathedral in Halle. His studies took second place eventually to be abandoned altogether. Thirty kilometres away, in Leipzig, the composer Georg Telemann was also a student and the two men became lifelong friends, exchanging letters filled with their views on life and music. Almost half a century later, Handel was still writing to Telemann and sending him plants from his garden in England. The most vital influences on Handle's early career came from the time he spent in Italy. Here in the early 1700's he met and worked with Arangelo Corelli and Domenico Scarlatti. In Rome,people marvelled at the Saxon's organ playing. Handle took part in a famous contest of keyboard skills with Scarlatti, where he lost the harpsichord battle, but won the accolade for the best organist.

When Handel arrived in England for the first time, in 1710, he was not unknown in London's music circles. It was fashionable for the well to do to make a grand tour of Europe, if they had not come across Handel in Germany, they certainly would have in Italy, where he spent several successful years writing operas. He composed in the Italian style then all the rage, and his first offering Rinaldo, to the London stage in 1711, had the audiences on their feet. Here was a man who could do something fresh, his use of the recorder passages to simulate birdsong was often accompanied by the release of a flock of real sparrows into the auditorium. Handel already held the post in Germany as musical director to the Elector of Hanover, to which he returned in 1711 after eight months. But Handel was fascinated by England, his second visit, in 1712, was to last nearly 50 years, the rest of his life. Now follows some facts on Handel.

1/ 1710 First visit to London

2/ 1711 First London opera, Rinaldo staged

3/ 1712 Settles in London

4/ 1714 Elector of Hanover becomes King George 1 of England

5/ 1717 Composes Water Music for the Kings River pageant

6/ 1718 Appointed resident composer for the Duke of Chandos

7/ 1720 Founds Royal Academy of Music

8/ 1726 Takes British nationality

9/ 1727 Composes anthems for the Coronation of George ll

10/1728 John Gay's The Beggar's Opera produced, Academy closes

11/ 1732 Performance of Esther ushers in era of the oratorio

12/ 1734 Moves opera production to Covent Garden

13/ 1737 Suffers stoke, recuperates in France returns to England

14/ 1738 Six Concertos for Organ and Harpsichord Op.4 published

15/ 1740 Composes his last opera Deidamia.

Last Updated on 04 June 2016
By Steven

And now for the Music

I like to thank CRM114 (That what he wants to be know as) for the following very nice crafted musicial piese, I will be adding some more of his works over the coming weeks, I like to thank CRM114 for his donation of music files.

"The Queen of Sheba" Sequenced by CRM114.

I would like to thank Grant O'Neil for this lovely piece. Email (oneilg  @  iinet.net.au)(please remove brackets and spaces for email address, to help prevent spam mail) Grant and let him know how much you like the music.

"Hallelujah" Sequenced by Grant O'Neil.

I would like to extend my thanks to Mike Boylen for these lovely pieces. Email (mikeboylen  @  mweb.co.za)(please remove brackets and spaces for email address, to help prevent spam mail) Mike and let him know how much you like the music.

(2737) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.1, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2738) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.1a, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2739) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.2, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2740) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.3, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2741) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.4, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2742) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.5, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2743) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.6, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2744) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.7, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2745) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.8, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2746) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.9, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

(2747) "Messiah" Done in parts, No.10, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.11, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.12, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.13, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.14a, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.14b, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.14c, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.14d, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.17, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.18, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.19, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.20, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.21, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.22, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.23, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.24, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.25, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.26, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.26a, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.27, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.28, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.29, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.30, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.31, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.32, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.33, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.34, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.35, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.36, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.37, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.38, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.39, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.40, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.41, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.42, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.43, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.44, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.45, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.46, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.47, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.48, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.49, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.50, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.52, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.53a, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.53b, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

"Messiah" Done in parts, No.53c, Sequenced by Mike Boylen.

My grateful thanks go to Heinz Kannengiesser for allowing me post these wonderful pieces, I will post more over the coming weeks. Email (mail@heinz-kannengiesser.de">Heinz and let him know how much you like the music, or better still pay his webpage a visit.

(2306) "Sinphony," from the Messias, a wonderful Sequenced by Heinz Kannengiesser.

(2307) "No.1, Comfort ye my People". Sequenced by Heinz Kannengiesser.

(2308) "No.2 Every valley shall be Exalted". Sequenced by Heinz Kannengiesser.

I like to thank Emily Gray for sequencing and donating the following piece, to contact Email (HappyMusician@opendiary.com">Emily Gray.

(2271) "Air, HWV 471 ". Sequenced by Emily Gray.

(2241) "March for Trumpets ". Sequenced by Emily Gray.

My thanks go to Randy Reid for another lovely piece of music, email (troppo@san.rr.com">RANDY here. and let him know how much you like the music.

(1994)"Sonata No.?" Sequenced by Randy Reid.

I like to thank Scott Anderson for the beautiful sequences that follows, email (hi_desert01@hotmail.com">SCOTT and let him know what you think of his music.

(1889)"Messiah",(originally sequenced by Peter Modin in 1998), resequenced by Scott Anderson

I like to thank George Pollen for the beautiful sequences that follows, email (gpollen@polleng.freeserve.co.uk">GEORGE and let him know what you think of his music.

(871) "The Water Musik Suite" Full piece Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe a excellent sequenced by George Pollen

(841) "Firework Suite" complete Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Sequenced by George Pollen

(95) "Glory to God" from Handel's "Messiah" (Info kindly supplied by Donal Hurley) Seq by ?

His yoke is easy (221) Seq by W.McGee

Let all the Angels of god worship him (222) Seq by W.McGee

(224)A movement from an Organ Concerto in G (Info kindly supplied by Meredith Kennedy)Seq by ?

Unto which of the Angels said (226) Seq by W.McGee

Behold the Lamb of God (227) Seq by W.McGee

And he shall purify (228) Seq by W.McGee

Worthy is thy lamb that was slain (230) Seq by W.McGee

(3a) Cara Sposa from "Rinaldo, Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq by Ken Whitcomb

(26a) Massiah 1 Seq by Michael Petri

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