George Frideric Handel

George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born }} ; 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759)}} was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle-upon-Saale and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As ''Alexander's Feast'' (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with ''Messiah'' (1742) he never composed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Born the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as ''Messiah'', ''Water Music'', and ''Music for the Royal Fireworks'' remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, ''Zadok the Priest'' (1727), composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Another of his English oratorios, ''Solomon'' (1748), has also remained popular, with the Sinfonia that opens act 3 (known more commonly as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba") featuring at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Handel composed more than forty operas in over thirty years, and since the late 1960s, with the revival of baroque music and historically informed musical performance, interest in Handel's operas has grown. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1789
Printed by C. Lowndes, No. 66 Drury-Lane, next the Stage-Door; and sold in the Theatre

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1775
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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1789
Printed for the proprietors, By H. Macleish, Duke's-Court, Drury-Lane
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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1791
Printed by Wilson, Spence and Mawman

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1791
Printed by Wilson, Spence and Mawman

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1775
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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1770
printed and sold by R. Falkener, No 45. Salisbury-Court, Fleet-Street. Where may be had a Choice Collection of the most celebrated Songs, &c. at a Penny a-page

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1766
printed for the administrator of J. Watts: and sold by G. Woodfall the Corner of Craig's-Court, Charing-Cross; and S. Hooper at the New-Church in the Strand

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1768
Sold at the Theatre only

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1764
printed for the author, and sold by W. Griffin, in Fetter-Lane, G. Kearsly, in Ludgate-Street; W. Flexney, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; and J. Walter, at Charing-Cross

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1756
printed for J. Watts: and sold by B. Dod at the Bible and Key in Ave-Mary-Lane near Stationers-Hall

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1740
printed and sold by Leon. Lichfield, near East-Gate; and by William Cross, at his musick-shop, opposite the New-Inn

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1765
printed for the administrator of J. Watts: and sold by B. Dodd at the Bible and Key in Ave-Mary-Lane near Stationers-Hall; G. Woodfall the Corner of Craig's-Court, Charing-Cross; and S. Hooper at the New-Church in the Strand

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1902
Chrysander at Bergdorf-bei-Hamburg

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1902
Chrysander at Bergdorf-bei-Hamburg

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by Handel, George Frideric
Published 1902
Chrysander at Bergdorf-bei-Hamburg