George Frederic Handel
George Frederic Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany. His father was a barber surgeon that discouraged Handel's music interest while his mother supported him. Handel tried the local university unsuccessfully and dropped out after one year. He then left home and went to Hamburg. There he conducted at opera houses and quickly became the second violinist in the orchestra. Exposed to the Italian operatic style, Handel learned all that he could and applied it to his first opera, Almira, which he wrote at age 20. After his brief stay in Hamburg, Handel moved on to Italy and stayed there for the next few years composing operas and oratorios. When Handel left Italy he carried with him the reputation of a composer.
Acis and Galatea
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day
Israel in Egypt
Various sonatas for solo instruments and continuo
18 Concerto Grossi
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