George Frideric Handel


Born: 23 February 1685
Died: 14 April 1759
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Best known as: Composer of Messiah

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.

Extra credit: The anthem Zadok the Priest was written for the coronation of George II and has been used for every coronation since... G. F. Handel was blind for the last several years of his life... His middle name is sometimes spelled Frederic, Friedrich or Frideric... Other famous composers include Beethoven, Mozart and Duke Ellington.

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