George Handel was an amazing composer of the Baroque period, and he sure gave Bach a run for his money. Handel was born on February 24th, 1625 in Halle, Germany. He was born into a family with no musical background, but started to show signs of talent at the age of ten (8notes.com). His father wished for him to study Civil Law, but became alarmed when George showed such interest in music (Wikipedia). Handel then began to secretly practice the organ and the harpsichord, but played only to himself until meeting Duke Johann Adolf II.
However, a master of several instruments while still in his teens, Johann Sebastian first found employment at the age of 18 as a violinist in a court orchestra in Weimar. Although he did not remain there terribly long, he was able to make good money playing for the king. He soon after accepted a position as a church organist in Arnstadt. It was here that Bach would soon realize his high standards and regards that he had for music. In Arnsta... ... middle of paper ... ...ations for Harpsichord,” his vast amount of toccatas, especially his “Toccata In F Major,” his collection of variations on organ preludes captured in the “Well Tempered Clavier,” his immense amount of fugues and chorales including his “Fugue in G minor,” major as well as his tremendous amount of chorales, and his Christmas and Easter oratorios, which was another schism in his music genre.
His belief that music was the glorification of God constituted the role of Handel’s compositions in the churches of his day. George Frideric Handel, who is one of the greatest and well known composers of all time, was born on February 23, 1685 and died on April 14, 1759 and his entire lifetime was filled with music and wonder. Although being an English composer and organist Handel was born in Germany. At first he followed his father’s footsteps to study the law but later decided to change his profession to music, but his father stubbornly refused to let him follow his dream and because of this Handel was forced to practice in secret. Soon becoming the pupil of Friedrich Wilhelm Zacchow, Handel was taught composition, the organ, violin and the oboe.
This great composer also wrote the great opera seria known as “Julius Caesar” which was performed first in London, England in 1724. The opera seria quickly became popular and was toured in several other cities. George was a very talented composer but, unlike many others he didn’t come from a family with a long line of musicians. At very early age Handel had his mind set on studying music even though his father disapproved. Because his father wanted him to become a lawyer he didn’t allow Handel to play musical instruments.
Handel was one of the greatest of these people. He was a superior composer who largely influenced and expanded music. Background George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, but found his future in England as a composer. Stanley states that: “Handel was by training and temperament a composer… Like Mozart he possessed in the highest degree the supreme attributes of the musical dramatist” (105-106). The surprising thing is Handel was not raised to be a musician.
George Frideric Handel was born musically inclined. As a child he was deprived of musical instruments because his father wanted him to pursue the law profession. However, George was allowed to take music lessons from a local organist, by the name of Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, after Handel had impressed the Duke when he played the organ at the chapel. In his following years, Handel would travel to many places, accepting many different musical occupations. As Handel traveled, he was introduced to many of his musical influences.
Later on, he received an education from his uncle where he gained more of an interest in music. Participation in a choir gave him the opportunity to go to Vienna and there, he studied the piano sonatas of Emanuel Bach and was given the chance to finally get a chance to compose; something he had always wanted to do. This is when the first string quartet was developed. Later on, he was employed by the Esterhazy family and was given the chance to conduct an orchestra and write symphonies. It was at this time and place that Haydn was “completely isolated from the world…he could experiment…improve, alter, add, or cut as boldly as he pleased.
Johann Sebastian Bach showed exactly how talented he believed Vivaldi to be when he arranged a number of his concertos for the keyboard. Bach, a talented composer need not use the work of others, yet he took it upon himself to use the previously done work of Antonio Vivaldi. Both composers remain two of the highly regarded composer and musicians of the Baroque period and their music offers the listener a trip back into the seventeenth century. Bibliography: End Notes 1) http://odur.let.rug.nl/Linguistics/diversen/bach/map.html 2) http://www.islandnet.com/~arton/bqxvivaldi.html 3) http://www.islandnet.com/~arton/bqxjsbach.html 4) http://hem.passagen.se/selinakyle/life.html
Felix Mendelssohn was a German Romantic composer, pianist and conductor. His incredible talented started as a child and from there flourished and gave him a place among the best composers of the 1800s. Felix Mendelssohn’s work included symphonies, concertos, oratories, piano and chamber music. From an early age he worked so persistently at what he loved to do so much. Many people cannot name any of his works but there is one in particular that everyone has heard is his “Wedding March” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has been heard at many weddings.
Bach had a pulchritudinous soprano singing voice, which availed him land a place at a school in Lüneburg. Sometime after his advent, his voice transmuted and Bach switched to playing the violin and the harpsichord. Bach was greatly influenced by a local organist denominated George Böhm. In 1703, he landed his first job as a musician at the court of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar. There he was a... ... middle of paper ... ...en it came to his compositions and may only have been appreciated by connoisseurs but to me he made a great impact on music today.