When it comes to famous Baroque composers, Handel is certainly one of the most recognizable. His oratorio The Messiah is one of the best-known classical works of all time. He had some of the wealthiest most notable patrons of the period, which allowed him to pursue his career as a composer securely and compose prolifically. Today we’re going to kick off our 3-part series on Handel by learning a bit of his life and background.

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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