Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah
|Baptismal registration George Frideric Handel|
on the 24th of February, 1685
He was baptized on 24 Feb in the Julian calendar which is 6 Mar Gregorian. It was customary in the area to baptize infants the day after they were born, therefore, the general assumption is that he was born 23 Feb/5 Mar.
Most of Handel's early life is known only from his biography published by John Mainwaring in 1760 and summarized in his Wikipedia article.
His family's name appears in several variations in the church books in Halle. Victor Schoelcher also writes that Georg Friedrich used the last name Hendel during his extended travels in Italy, but that he had started to sign as George Frideric Handel right after his arrival in England.
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
|George Frederic Handel|
During the first London performance of Handel's Messiah, King George II stood up as soon as the Hallelujah chorus kicked in - unsurprisingly, it became de rigeur after that.
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