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Handel, George Frideric (1685 - 1759), composer

Anthony Hicks

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b Halle, 23 Feb 1685; d London, 14 April 1759 ). English composer of German birth. Though consistently acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of his age, his reputation from his death to the early 20th century rested largely on the knowledge of a small number of orchestral works and oratorios, Messiah in particular. In fact, he contributed to every musical genre current in his time, both vocal and

Keywords: Halle; Hamburg; Italy; Hanover, Düsseldorf and London; Cannons; The Royal Academy of Music; The Second Academy; Opera at Covent Garden; From opera to oratorio; Oratorios and musical dramas; The later oratorios; Last years; Personality; Style and technique; Borrowing; Keyboard music; Instrumental chamber music; Orchestral music; Minor vocal works; Church music; Operas; Oratorio forms; Handel and posterity; Sources and editions

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