Name at birth: Georg Friedrich Händel
G. F. Handel was one of the greatest European composers during the Baroque period of the 18th century, celebrated for his oratorio Messiah. He composed operas in his native Germany, lived in Italy for four years (1706-10), then settled in England in 1712. Prolific and popular, Handel's most famous works include Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Zadok the Priest.
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