Frideric Handel Influence

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Music is not only sound at a specific time but it is emotion and ideas expressed to make an art form. Born February 23, 1685 was one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. George Frideric Handel is considered to be one of the greatest composers of the baroque era, his music was one of a kind, and his influence on music changed the world forever. 1 Born to a middle class Lutheran family the one month before Bach in Halle, Germany. Handel the fifth son was born to a father who was a surgeon-barber who wanted him to study law even though it was evident at a young age he had an immense talent. His father died at age 11 in which he began to not only compose music but also teach it. By the time he reached eighteen he moved to Hamburg where he joined the violin section of the opera orchestra. It was early 1705 when his first opera Almira was premiered. During this time Handel traveled Italy meeting many great musicians of the day including Corelli, Scarlatti, and Domencio. He returned back to Germany in 1710 in which he took a position as music director for George Ludwig of Hanover, later that year he went back to England where is opera Rinaldo was being preformed. 2 It became a huge success and his popularity grew, it was around this time when he became a composer for Queen Anne. 3He produced an English ode for the Queens’s birthday and also Te Deum, in celebration of Peace of Utretch. After the death of Queen Anne King George I was then crowned. Handel then became the director of music for the Duke of 1 Hogwood, Christopher. Handel. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1985. 2 Camus, Raoul F., and Roger Kamien. Instructor's Manual and Test Bank to Accompany Kamien, Music, an Appreciation, Brief Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Pub., 1990. ... ... middle of paper ... ...es. "George Frideric Handel (German-English Composer)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Accessed March 23, 2014. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/254169/George-Frideric-Handel. 1. Burrows, Donald. Handel. New York: Schirmer Books, 1994. 2. Camus, Raoul F., and Roger Kamien. Instructor's Manual and Test Bank to Accompany Kamien, Music, an Appreciation, Brief Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Pub., 1990. 3. Cudworth, Charles. "George Frideric Handel (German-English Composer)." 4. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Accessed March 23, 2014. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/254169/George-Frideric-Handel. 4."George Frideric Handel: His Story from Germany to England." George Frideric Handel: His Story from Germany to England. Accessed March 23, 2014. http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxhandel.html. 5. Hogwood, Christopher. Handel. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1985.

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