George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

George Frederic Handel was a composer. He specifically composed operas and oratorios. His most famous work was "Messiah" in 1741.
George Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany.
George Handel was the son of Dorothea and George Handel, who was a barber surgeon.
George became influenced in music by a composer named Frederich W. Zachow, who showed him the main principles of the keyboard and how to read composition. He learned how to compose music and mastered composing the violin, oboe and the organ.
His Father did not want music to become the main part in his life, and instead wanted him to become a lawyer. So after his father died, he eventually went to school at the University of Halle to respect his wishes.
Eventually he decided to dedicate his life to music and became a violinist at the time. He also taught private lessons and taught children what he learned from Zachow
He started to compose operas and was able to perform for the English Royalty. He later stayed to live in London and became the Head of the Orchestra for the New Royal Academy of Music for a time.
  • Although the great man he was, he later suffered from 2 strokes and eventually went blind in both of his eyes. he later died on April 29th of 1759.

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