Georg Frideric Handel was one of the best-known composers of the Baroque era, and today we’ll be featuring his music and that of some of his contemporaries.
We’ll be including the famous Water Music and Fireworks suites and the Messiah - along with the work of some carefully-chosen late Baroque contemporaries, such as Thomas Arne, John Blow, William Boyce, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti and Georg Philipp Telemann, and a touch of earlier music of the Baroque from Purcell and Scarlatti. J S Bach, born in the same year as Handel, really deserves his own programme — which he gets from time to time, so we trust his shade will not be particularly upset by the fact that his work does not appear today.
Handel was born in Germany and received a musical training in Italy before he moved to London and became a British subject. He was influenced by the Italian Baroque and German composers, but his own work was to impact many who came after him including Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. He died in 1759. His music has remained popular until the present day, and particularly so during the Victorian era, when regular Handel festivals took place at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham, South London.
Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .