Main: Handel and his Contemporaries

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.

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


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