Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 63: The Life of George Frideric Handel


Hello, music enthusiasts, and welcome back to Busy Kids Love Music! In Episode #63, we’re embarking on a captivating journey into the life and legacy of one of the Baroque era’s most illustrious composers – George Frideric Handel. Known for his iconic oratorio “The Messiah” and revered as one of the most recognizable figures in classical music, Handel’s life is as fascinating as his compositions are timeless.

As we delve into the first part of our three-part series on Handel, I aim to peel back the layers of history and illuminate the man behind the music. While we’ve previously explored Handel’s masterpiece, “The Messiah,” in a dedicated podcast episode (linked in the show notes for your convenience), today is all about the composer himself.

Handel’s life unfolded against the backdrop of the Baroque period, where he found himself in the company of some of the wealthiest and most notable patrons of the time. This privileged position provided him with the security to pursue his career as a composer prolifically. The fruits of this labor have echoed through the centuries, making Handel a household name among classical music enthusiasts.

In this episode, we’ll journey through the chapters of Handel’s life, exploring the moments that shaped him into the musical titan we recognize today. From his early years to the pinnacle of his career, Handel’s story is woven into the fabric of classical music history. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or a newcomer to the world of Baroque compositions, Busy Kids Love Music is here to make the exploration of Handel’s life and music accessible and engaging for listeners of all ages.

Join me in Episode #63 as we unravel the tapestry of G.F. Handel’s life, gaining insights into the man whose compositions have left an indelible mark on the classical music landscape.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 8: Handel’s Messiah

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

George Frideric Handel – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

George Friedrich Händel (1685-1759): 4 Anthems for the Coronation of George II

Hallelujah – orchestra only

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; La Rejouissance

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 63

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with a few additional Handel pieces. Check it out here.

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