Handelian Influence on Music

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Over time, the world has seen many outstanding musicians, and so much fantastic music. Each highly remembered composer or musician changed the way we think and see the world. They give us new ideas, and music is a wonderful way to convey moods and emotions. Each also slightly changed music itself. Handel was one of the greatest of these people. He was a superior composer who largely influenced and expanded music. Background George Frideric Handel was born in Germany, but found his future in England as a composer. Stanley states that: “Handel was by training and temperament a composer… Like Mozart he possessed in the highest degree the supreme attributes of the musical dramatist” (105-106). The surprising thing is Handel was not raised to…show more content…
(Stanley 104) He was able to write compositions in relatively short amounts of time. He would just keep going over his pieces until they became the masterpieces everyone knew him for. “Handel’s mature style is empirical and eclectic. His creative personality was so strong that he was able to assimilate what he wanted from whatever tradition he met, without awkwardness or incongruity, and to comprehend the new without abandoning the old” (Stanley 104). This ability to write in different cultures and to use both new and old techniques immensely helped Handel to reach all types of people. He was greatly loved by those who heard his music, and was an appreciated musician in many cultures. He could write for the different cultures and different age ranges, covering all genres and styles. George Frederic Handel George Frederic Handel Handel was excellent at writing to suit all circumstances. Lang explains “As we look at his life work from the perspective of the sum total of all genres, we discover that he was at ease in every style and every type, vocal or instrumental, capable of meeting Italians, Frenchmen, and Englishmen on their own grounds and rising above them” (570-571). Every place had its own culture and style. There also was the language barrier, but Handel could top them all. In the beginning of the 18th century, no one made English operas, all the music was brought from Italy.
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