Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

Incarnational Discipleship

Georg Friedrich Handel (23 February 1685-14 April 1749)

Finally (but first in historical order), a birthday I almost missed except for a reminder by a friend–obviously one more in tune (so to speak) with the history of classical music than I– this is also the birthday of the great composer, Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1749).  Born the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach, Händel was a brilliant composer of operas, oratorios, and concertos.  Born in Germany and musically educated in Italy, Händel emigrated to England and became a naturalized British citizen.  He was influenced strongly by the great composers of Italian baroque, but also by the English composer, Henry Purcell. In turn, Händel influenced many, including Hayden, Beethoven, and Mozart.  Händel’s most famous work is, of course, the incredible Messiah.

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February 23, 2010 - Posted by | biographies, composers

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