Thursday, February 23, 2012

Handel became wealthy as a composer


It is the birthday of German-British composer George Friederich Handel (1685), who is considered one of the greatest composers ever. He wrote operas, organ concertos, anthems and oratorios. He may be best known for his Messiah (1742) but his extensive body of work includes 42 operas, 29 oratorios and more than 120 smaller pieces. He was well regarded in his lifetime and became very wealthy. He was born in Germany and trained there and in Italy until his late 20s when he went to London. This piece, Sarabande, was used in the soundtrack of the 1975 Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon.

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