Essay on The Life and Musical Influence of George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel was born musically inclined. As a child he was deprived of musical instruments because his father wanted him to pursue the law profession. However, George was allowed to take music lessons from a local organist, by the name of Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, after Handel had impressed the Duke when he played the organ at the chapel. In his following years, Handel would travel to many places, accepting many different musical occupations. As Handel traveled, he was introduced to many of his musical influences. He wrote operas, oratorios, anthems, secular cantatas, and also wrote scarred music. Throughout his life, Handel would become famous for his compositions, particularly for his English Oratorios, however the most…show more content…
2) Handel’s stay in Hamburg inspired him to compose two operas for the theater; Handel’s Almira, and Nero, which were both composed in 1705. After Handel’s stay in Germany, he traveled to Italy from 1706 through 1710 where he met two composers who inspired him to start writing music in the Italian style. These influences include: Archangelo Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti. Handel composed many operas while he stayed in Italy, and also numerous oratorios. “In Florence, Venice, and Rome he became a great success for his church compositions and instrumental music as well as for his operas.” (Mackay, Para. 3) While in Rome, Marquis Francesco Ruspoli, who would later become a prince, gave him a job as a residential musician. During this time of his life, Handel became familiar with the Baroque period musical styles. Opportunities for Handel to meet people of prestigious positions presented themselves while he was in Italy. One person in particular that he became acquainted with was the Duke of Manchester. In 1710 when Handel traveled to Hanover, Germany, he soon became the director of the choir for George Louis who at that time was the Elector. In turn, the Elector sent Handel venturing to England to keep an eye out on the terrain and learn about the popular musicals in London, check out the political scenes, and keep a close eyes on the social acts that played out in London. Handel’s duty was to report back to George Louis and relay the information

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