George F. Handel Essay

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The Artistry of G.F.Handel

(1685-1759)

First Part

Halle - Hamburg - Rome 1690-1712

It's hard today to speak about Handel's life and works without mentioning the similarities between him and Bach; first of all they were born in the same year:1685, even if it's not a case than the most geniuses of the late baroque era (Couperin, Telemann Scarlatti ) would have almost been all co-aged.Neverhless unlike Bach, Handel immortalised the name of a family of cheesemakers or of the Prince of Saxony's barber/surgeon -his father. And really it was under the influence and the strong expectations of the latter that like many other aspirants gentlemen, the young Haendel enrolled the university of Halle as a law student. But after his father death
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So after this debout Haendel did not have to wait long for operatic success at the Gansenmarkt. since yet in 1705, he directed there "Nero" and "Almira", the latter being intentionally and mischievously based above the same libretto on which in during those weeks Keiser too was said to be working..... As if that wasn't enough, before leaving Hamburg for his first Italienreise (which Bach never did), Handel composed two more operas: "Florindo" and "Daphne"and reached in outshining Keiser on his own territory but he had to leave under the motivation of an Italienreise which Bach never did. Gastone de Medici was waiting for him at Florence where Haendel first successful "Italian" opera: "Rodrigo" was staged. The master neverthless meant to travel in Rome where as guest of Corelli's sponsors, Cardinals Pamhilii and Ottoboni, he represented his first oratorios: "Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno" (lately re-represented in London as "The Triumph of Time and Truth") and "La Resurrezione" played during the Easter of 1708 in the church of San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome. there according to his biographers Haendel also improvised at the organ some of those Concertos which had
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