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The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion. The music, art and sculptures of the Baroque period showed detail to create drama and tension. The style began around 1600 in Rome, Italy. Due to its popularity it quickly spread and flourished throughout Europe. The Baroque style was popular and successful in many churches. It was so popular in churches, that the Roman Catholic Church requested that the arts depict religious themes. Tonality was seen during the Baroque period. During the period, composers made changes in musical notation, and they developed different playing techniques for their instruments. The size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance were stretched out during the Baroque period. This expansion made opera, cantata, oratorio, concerto, and sonata become musical genres. Many musical terms and ideas from the Baroque period are still used today. Also many of the artists and composers are still famous for their work today. One of these many famous for their work during the Baroque period is composer George Frederic Handel. George Frederick Handel was born on February 23, 1685, in Handel of Halle, Saxony, Germany to Georg and Dorothea Handel. At a young age, Handel became fascinated in music. His father however objected, believing that music was a real career and that his son would make no money. His father would also not allow him to own a musical instrument. His mother believed he had talent, and she supported and encouraged him. Handel took music classes with the help of his mother without his father knowing. When Handel was seven, he was asked to play the organ for the duke’s court in Weissenfels. Handel met composer and organist Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow at the duke’s court. ... ... middle of paper ... ...blin, The Messiah. Many of his oratorios expressed religious themes. Other of his oratorios include Semele (1744), Joseph and his Brethren (1744), Hercules (1745), Belshazzar (1745), Occasional Oratorio (1746), Judas Maccabeus (1747), Joshua (1748), Alexander Balus (1748), Susanna (1749), Solomon (1749), Theodora (1750), The Choice of Hercules (1751), Jeptha (1752) and The Triumph of Time and Truth (1757). Handel continued composing oratorios during the rest of his life and career. The Baroque period was a time for new types of music and arts. George Frederic Handel worked hard to become successful. He made his debut as an opera composer with Almira. He changed his way of composing, and he started composing oratorios, including his most famous The Messiah. George Handel died April 14, 1759, in London, England, but his famous works still are alive in music today.

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