Handel and his Contemporaries

in Daily Programme, Radio Drama, Radio Riel Main, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 20 April, 2013

Georg Frideric Handel was one of the best‐known composers of the Baroque era, and today we’ll be featuring his music, just a week late for the anniversary of the première of his best‐known work, The Messiah (first performed on April 13, 1762).

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.

You can read more about Handel and his life in this Wikipedia article.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for Week Four of our thrilling dramas from ZBS Foundation: Fat Cats, our incredible binaural tale that sounds amazing on headphones, followed by the steampunk satire Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in



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