Baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) enjoyed a long and successful career, during which he produced no fewer than forty-two operas, twenty-nine oratorios, and sixteen organ concerti, along with numerous other compositions. When he died in London 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.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed the Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1749 for King George II, to celebrate the signing of the treaty that ended the War of the Austrian Succession. Here is the fourth movement from the suite.
Of all the many versions of the Hallelujah Chorus with subtitles I’ve seen, this one, performed by residents of Quinhagak, Alaska, is my favorite, the cringe-inducing misplaced apostrophes notwithstanding.