Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) was one of the greatest composers of the late baroque period and, during his lifetime, perhaps the most internationally famous of all musicians. Handel was born in Hallé, to a family of no musical distinction. His musical talent, however, manifested itself so clearly that before his tenth birthday he began to receive, from a local organist, the only formal musical instruction he would ever have. He worked later as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition and by composers of the Italian Baroque. In turn, Handel’s music forms one of the peaks of the “high baroque” style, bringing Italian opera to its highest development, creating the genres of English oratorio and organ concerto, and introducing a new style into English church music. He is consistently recognized as one of the greatest composers of his age.
Handel started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. In 1737, he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively, and addressed the middle class and made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742), he never composed an Italian opera again. His orchestral Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks remain steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest, has been performed at every British coronation since 1727. Almost blind, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man, and was given a state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Handel composed more than forty opere serie over a period of more than thirty years. Since the late 1960s, interest in Handel’s music has grown. The musicologist Winton Dean wrote that “Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order.” His music was admired by Classical-era composers, including Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Works


"Festmusik" for String Orchestra
"Joy to the World", a Christmas carol
"O sing unto the Lord a new song" - Chandos Anthem No.4, HWV 249b
"Water Music", arrangement by Hamilton Harty
Aria from Opera "L’Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato"
Aria of Almirena (Lascia ch’io pianga) from Opera "Rinaldo"
Aria of Cleopatra from Opera "Julius Cäsar"
Aria of Rinaldo from Opera "Rinaldo"
Choir "And the glory of the Lord" from Oratorium "Messiah"
Choir "Hallelujah" from Oratorium "Messiah"
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in B flat minor
Concerto for Organ in D minor, Op.7, No.4 (Marcel Dupré version)
Concerto for Organ No.1
Concerto for Organ No.13
Concerto for Organ No.14
Concerto for Organ No.2
Concerto for Organ No.3
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in B minor
Concerto Grosso (No.21) in D minor, Op.6, No.10, HWV 328
Concerto Grosso in a minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322
Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6, No.12, HWV 330
Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3, No. 1, HWV 312
Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2, HWV 313
Concerto Grosso in D Major Op. 6, No.5, HWV 323
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 3 No.6, HWV 317
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3 No.5, HWV 316
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6, No.3, HWV 321
Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No.2, HWV320
Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op.3 No.4, HWV 315
Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op.6 No.9, HWV 327
Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op.3 No.3, HWV 314
Concerto Grosso No. 30 in D Major for Two Horns and Orchestra, HWV 335a
Israel in Egypt
Largo (Ombra mai fu) from the opera "Xerxes"
Laudate pueri Dominum, HWV 237
Melissa's Aria from the Opera "Amadigi di Gaula" (HWV 11)
Music for Royal Fireworks
No, di voi non vuo fidarmi, Chamber Duet
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Friedensode) HWV 74
Oratorium "Messiah"
Oratorium "Messiah", No.12, Choir "For Unto us a Child is Born"
Organ Concerto Op. 4 No.4 in F Major, HWV 292
Organ Concerto Op. 4 No.5 in F Major, HWV 293
Overture from Opera "Agrippina"
Overture from Opera "Serse"
Overture from Oratorium "Messiah"
Overture in D minor
Passacaglia in G minor for Violin and Cello (Viola), Transcription by Johan Halvorsen
Preserve him for the Glory
Psalm DIXIT DOMINUS for soloists, choir and orchestra in G minor, HWV 232
Sarabande in D minor
Second movement from Oratorium "Messiah"
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in D minor
Sonata for Violin, Cello and Cembalo
Sonata in G minor
Sonata No.1
Sonata No.10 in B moll
Sonata No.2 in G moll
Sonata No.4 in G dur
Sonata No.5 in C dur
Sonata No.6 in B moll
Sonata No.7 in F dur
Sonata No.8 in A moll
Sonata No.9 in E moll
Suite No.3 in G dur, HWV 350 from "Water Music"
Two Choirs from "Messiah" Oratorium
Water Music
Water Music, Suite No.2

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