George Frideric Handel

Questions about George Frideric Handel, a well-known English composer during the Baroque Period.

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How do you spell handel?

händel

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Where did Handel's Messiah premiere?

The premiere was in Dublin, 13 April 1742, at the "Great Musick Hall" in Fishamble Street. Handel spent the entire winter concert season in Dublin at the invitation of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire.

The London premiere was 23 March 1743. Though Messiah is today often associated with Christmas, in Handel's day it was customary to perform oratorios during Lent, when opera and other secular amusements were supposed to be avoided.

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What was George Frideric Handel's nickname?

As far as I know, Handel didn't have a nickname, people generally just refer to him as Handel.

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How long is a complete performance of Handel's Messiah?

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How many sections does handel's messiah have?

52

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Did George Frederic Handel travel out of the country?

yes Frideric Handel traveled many places in his lifetime.

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Why do people stand for the Halleluia chorus in Handel's Messiah?

Because when King George the second heard it, he was so inspired, that he stood up. When everyone saw him stand, they stood too. In has been a tradition ever since then to stand when the Messiah is played.

The Hallelujah Chorus, is a Song of Praise - literally the word "Hallelujah" meaning "Praise be to G-d". The text of Handel's great piece comes from the Old Testament Psalms (as requoted in the New Testament Book of Revelations), words which continue to be sung and recited in their original Hebrew form in synagogues to this day during a part of the service known as "Hallel". It has always been the custom for Jews to stand whilst praising the Lord during "Hallel", a practise which was passed on to Christendom where it is customary for congregations to stand for Songs of Praise (or Hymns). As Head of the Church of England, King George would certainly have been aware of the obligation to stand for "Hallelujah" - and might well have remained standing until the last AMEN at the end of the movement.

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How long is the performance of Handel's Messiah?

When the complete unedited version is performed, with all the programmed repeats, it lasts close to 3 hrs

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Who is dorothea mathews?

Dorothea Mathews is a female poet from the Harlem Renaissance.

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What instruments did George Frideric Handel play?

He played the violin, the organ, the harpsichord, and the piano-forte.

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What does Handel's messiah opens with?

An overture.

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How long did it take Handel to write The Messiah?

It is generally reckoned to have been three weeks; the Hallelujah Chorus was written in three days. Handel is reputed to have said that Heaven opened while he was composing it.

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What was George Frideric Handel's main instrument?

Harpsichord

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What part of Handel's Messiah does audience traditionally stand for?

It is traditional to stand for the Hallelujah Chorus

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What were Handel's most famous pieces?

I would guess his "Wassermusik" ("water music") and "Feuerwerksmusik" ("Music for the royal fireworks"), along with his oratorio "Messiha".

One of his most famous pieces, the passacaglia in g-minor 432, wasn't well known at all till the transcription by Halvorsen. It has been originally for harpsichord.

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What does the smell of death smell like?

Death smells different at various stages of decomposition, some describe it like rotten meat only much worse. It is not a smell you will like or will ever forget.

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How long did it take for Handel to compose The Messiah?

At his usual break-neck speed, the Messiah was completed in 24 days ... !!

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Why didn't handel write any symphonies?

He lived before they were invented. He wrote what he would have considered a symphony, that is, the instrumental introduction to an oratorio or opera. The first true modern symphonies with four or more movements did not appear until c.1765 six years after Handel died. The first important works of this kind were written by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and the English composer William Boyce (1711-79).

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Who made hallelujah famous?

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Where can I legally download Handel's Sarabande from the movie Barry Lyndon?

Handel's Sarabande Download Source

You can download the piece performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra using iTunes. I just did it.

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Why did Handel play his spinet in the attic?

He hid in the attic because his father wanted him to be a lawyer and forbade him to play music. He was able to sneak his instrument into the attic .

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Four famous italian composers?

Guiseppe Verdi, Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Puccini

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What composer was deaf?

Beethoven may not be the only composer who was deaf but he was a composer and he did go deaf later in his life.

Ludwig van Beethoven, the German composer and pianist, was born in 1770. Somewhere around 1796, Beethoven began to lose his hearing, suffering from severe tinnitus (ringing in the ears) which made it difficult for him to hear the music. By 1814, he was almost completely deaf. There has been much speculation as to what caused his deafness, but the true reason remains unknown.

Beethoven continued to compose music, despite the fact that his hearing had deteriorated to the point that he used "conversation books". He became sick in December 1826, becoming mostly bedridden until his death on 26 March, 1827.

ADDITION: Other fairly composers have gone deaf, including William Boyce (prior to Beethoven) and Bedřich Smetana. Both of these continued to work after their hearing loss, as Beethoven.

ADDITION: Gabriel Urbain Fauré also went deaf towards the end of his life and continued to compose. Also the lesser known German composer Felix Draeseke.

ADDITION: A living composer who actually began her music career with profound deafness (from age 12) is Dame Evelyn Glennie, who has composed/performed some of the most fascinating percussion music I've ever heard.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

ADDITION: Bedrich Smetana has already lost much of his hearing when he composed the famous piece, "Die Moldau"

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Handel Hallelujah Chorus genre?

Classical music, Baroque period, absolutism. This oratorio uses chorus, solists, and full orchestra.

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Where was Handel born?

Handel was born in Halle, Germany.

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