Happy birthday, George

It’s the 333rd birthday of the English baroque composer George Frideric Handel. Although he was born in what is now Germany and spent several years in Italy, he made the eminently sensible decision as a young man to move to England, where he spent the remainder of his life. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a composer, producing forty-two operas, twenty-nine oratorios, sixteen organ concerti, and many other compositions. When he died at the age of seventy-four, more than three thousand mourners attended his funeral, and his remains were interred in Westminster Abbey.

Handel composed this Bell Sinfonia in 1738 as part of his opera Saul.

10 Responses to Happy birthday, George

  1. Donnalee says:

    My man George! Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. egorr says:

    Eminently bright and cheerful. Well played, good mixdown on the audio.

    Thanks, BoB!

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  3. I often wonder what it was that set off the Germanic domination that is all that is wonderful in music.

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  4. Abigail says:

    I love how you termed Handel’s move to England an “eminently sensible decision.”

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday, George. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  6. V.M.Sang says:

    Born in the same year as J.S.Bach and Scarlatti, 1685. What a year that was.

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  7. That was nice and lively.

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