George Frideric Handel

Biography

Born: 1685   Died: 1759   Country: Germany   Period: Baroque
Most music lovers have encountered George Frederick Handel through holiday-time renditions of the Messiah's "Hallelujah" chorus. And many of them know and love that oratorio of Christ's life and death, as well as a few other greatest hits like the orchestral Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music, and perhaps Judas Maccabeus or one of the other English oratorios. Yet his operas, for which he was widely known in his own time, are the province Read more mainly of specialists in Baroque music, and the events of his life, even though they reflected some of the most important musical issues of the day, have never become as familiar as the careers of Bach or Mozart. Perhaps the single word that best describes his life and music is "cosmopolitan": he was a German composer, trained in Italy, who spent most of his life in England.
Handel was born in the German city of Halle on February 23, 1685. His father noted but did not nurture his musical talent, and he had to sneak a small keyboard instrument into his attic to practice. As a child he studied music with Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, organist at the Liebfrauenkirche, and for a time he seemed destined for a career as a church organist himself. After studying law briefly at the University of Halle, Handel began serving as organist on March 13, 1702, at the Domkirche there. Dissatisfied, he took a post as violinist in the Hamburg opera orchestra in 1703, and his frustration with musically provincial northern Germany was perhaps shown when he fought a duel the following year with the composer Matheson over the accompaniment to one of Matheson's operas. In 1706 Handel took off for Italy, then the font of operatic innovation, and mastered contemporary trends in Italian serious opera. He returned to Germany to become court composer in Hannover, whose rulers were linked by family ties with the British throne; his patron there, the Elector of Hannover, became King George I of England. English audiences took to his 1711 opera Rinaldo, and several years later Handel jumped at the chance to move to England permanently. He impressed King George early on with the Water Music of 1716, written as entertainment for a royal boat outing.
Through the 1720s Handel composed Italian operatic masterpieces for London stages: Ottone, Serse (Xerxes), and other works often based on classical stories. His popularity was dented, though, by new English-language works of a less formal character, and in the 1730s and 1740s Handel turned to the oratorio, a grand form that attracted England's new middle-class audiences. Not only Messiah but also Israel in Egypt, Samson, Saul, and many other works established him as a venerated elder of English music. The oratorios displayed to maximum effect Handel's melodic gift and the sense of timing he brought to big choral numbers. Among the most popular of all the oratorios was Judas Maccabeus, composed in 32 days in 1746. Handel presented the oratorio six times during its first season and about 40 times before his death 12 years later, conducting it 30 times himself. In 1737, Handel suffered a stroke, which caused both temporary paralysis in his right arm and some loss of his mental faculties, but he recovered sufficiently to carry on most normal activity. He was urged to write an autobiography, but never did. Blind in old age, he continued to compose. He died in London on April 14, 1759. Beethoven thought Handel the greatest of all his predecessors; he once said, "I would bare my head and kneel at his grave." Read less
Handel: Keyboard Suites No 5-8 / Philip Edward Fisher
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573397   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Suites for Keyboard / Daria van den Bercken
Release Date: 04/21/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 541883   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Music For Queen Caroline
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Les Arts Florissants  
Catalog: 4   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Messiah / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music [2 CDs & 1 Blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/14/2015   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 002298460   Number of Discs: 3
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Handel: Teseo / Laszczkowski, Katschner, Et Al
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100709   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

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  • 51.
    Handel: Water Music, Royal Fireworks / Kubelik, Berlin Po
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000055002 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Handel: Royal Fireworks Music, Water Music / Pearlman, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80594 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Martin Pearlman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Baroque
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  • 53.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks;  Gluck, Kodaly /Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1277 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Zoltán Kodály,  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Etc / Mackerras
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1253 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Arte Orchestra,  Wind Ensemble
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  • 55.
    Handel: Water Music, Fireworks Music, Etc / Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458333 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Roger Lord,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Trevor Connah  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christopher Hogwood,  Granville Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Philomusica of London
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  • 56.
    Handel: Messiah (Highlights), Etc / Eastman Chorale, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 90101 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra,  Eastman Chorale
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  • 57.
    Handel: Concerti Grossi, Water Music / Orpheus CO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471758 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Prom At The Palace
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 856 Release Date: 07/09/2002  
    Composer:  André Messager,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bliss,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Roberto Alagna,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Adventist Chorale
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  • 59.
    Gabrieli, Et Al / Güttler, Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1715 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Friedhelm Rentzsch,  Anton Bruckner,  Petr Eben  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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  • 60.
    A Bride's Guide To Wedding Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503134 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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  • 61.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550001 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 62.
    Philips 50 - Handel: Water Music, Etc / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464706 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 63.
    The Monet Collection - Music For Reading
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315019 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Timur Gorkovenko,  Rafael Khismatulin,  Igor Uryash,  Sergei Slovachevsky
    Conductor:  Stanislav Gorkovenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg
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  • 64.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Etc / Dombrecht, Il Fondamento
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 922 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Paul Dombrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Fondamento
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  • 65.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Etc / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469145 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ursula Holliger
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 66.
    Handel: Water Music, Etc / Linde, Linde Consort, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61656 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Hans-Martin Linde
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Coloniensis,  Linde Consort
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  • 67.
    Classical Lightning
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Wagner,  Ferde Grofé,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Handel: Orchestral Works / Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463094 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 69.
    Handel: Water Music, Music For Royal Fireworks / Lehmann, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 457758 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Classics Exposed - Handel, Telemann: Overtures & Suites
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 7031 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Susan Williams,  Christoph Lehmann
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Stravaganza Cologne
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  • 71.
    Music From The English Courts / Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5546 Release Date: 01/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Robert Johnson,  Henry Purcell,  John Adson  ... 
    Performer:  Tristan Fry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
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  • 72.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Etc / Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 63073 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Teresa Wasiak,  Thomas Müller,  Julie Brye,  Nadina Mackie Jackson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 73.
    The Best Of Handel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556665 Release Date: 01/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Miroslav Kajmar,  Jozef Cejka,  Johann Aratore
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Bohdan Warchal,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Petr Skvor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Bratislava City Choir,  Handel Festival Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Handel: Fireworks / Radu, Ama Deus Ensemble
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 1016 Release Date: 10/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Valentin Radu
    Conductor:  Valentin Radu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ama Deus Ensemble
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  • 75.
    Handel: Water Music, Royal Fireworks, Etc / Hogwood, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455709 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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George Frideric Handel


WORKS
Zadok the Priest
And all the people rejoiced
God save the king
Symphony
1. Accompagnato: Comfort ye, My people - 2. Air: Ev'ry Valley shall be exalted
3. Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
Recit: Thus saith the Lord...Aria: But who may abide
6. Chorus: And He shall purify the sons of Levi
7. Recit: Behold, a Virgin shall conceive 8. Aria:O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion 9. Coro
10. Accompagnato: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth 11. Aria: The people that walked in darkness
12. Chorus: "For unto us a Child is born"
13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Recit: There were shepherds...Chorus: Glory to God
Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion
Then shall the eyes....He shall feed his flock good tidings that tellest
19. Chorus: His yoke is easy
20. Chorus: Behold the Lamb of God
Air: He was despised...Chorus: Surely he hath borne...
Chorus: And with his stripes...All we like sheep
Chorus: All they that see him...Recit: He trusted..
Recit: Thy rebuke...Air:But thou didst not leave
Chorus: Lift up your heads...Recit:Unto which...Chorus
34a. Air: "Thou art gone up on high"
35. Chorus: The Lord gave the word
Air: How beautiful are the feet..Chorus:Their sound
Air: Why do the nations...Air: Thou shalt break them them...
42. Chorus: "Hallelujah"
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
44. Chorus: Since by man came death
Behold, I tell you......The Trumpet shall sound
Recitativo: Then shall be brought - Duet: O death were is thy sting - Chorus: But thanks be to God
50. Air: If God be for us
51. Worthy is the Lamb - Blessing and honour -
I. Overture
II. Bouree
III. La paix
IV. La rejouissance
V. Menuet II
Ouverture
Adagio e staccato
Hornpipe and Andante
Jig
Air
Minuet
Bourée and Hornpipe
Gavotte
Prelude
Hornpipe
Minuet
Lentement
Bourée
Menuet & Trio
Rigaudon I and II
Gigue