Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Music History : German-English Composer George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (Feb 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759)

George Fredericc Handel was a German-born English composer from late Baroque period while also known as a classical composer in England.

Handel was born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt but lived most of his adult life in England. He was interested in music on an early age by playing harpsicord and organ musical instruments. He begun composing at the age of nine, but his father want him to study law instead of a musical career for his son . The younger Handel pursued his interest with the help of his mother who was supportive and encouraged him in music.

One of his major work was “Messiah” (1741), an otorio with its “Hallelujah” chorus, is among the most popular works in choral music and became a favorite sound during Christmas season.   His other famous works are “Water Music” (1717) and  “Music for the Royal Fireworks” (1749).

His music was later influenced by the works of other well-known composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Watch Handel ”Messiah” from YouTubeLondon Symphony Orchestra Channel, the performance was recorded in December 2006 conducted by Sir Colin Davis.