Haendel - Georg Friedrich
DescriptionA force of nature, Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) soon revealed an innate gift for music in his hometown of Halle. His talent emerged in Hamburg, already showing a taste for oratorio and opera.
After a few successes in Italy (notably Aggripina in Venice), he joined the Hamburg house, which led him to England in 1710. It was there that he dazzled the London evenings by creating numerous lyrical masterpieces for his Royal Academy of Music:
Rinaldo, Guilio Cesare, Ariodante, Alcina, Serse, ... This prolific composer (more than 600 opus) also distinguished himself in orchestral music (Concerti Grossi, Suites, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks, ...) and a vast religious catalogue (Anthems, Te Deums, oratorios including Messiah and La Resurrezione, ...). It now rests at Westiminster Abbey.