George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

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German; Lived most of life in England

Famous Works Involving Orchestra

Messiah, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks

Fun Facts

  • As a child, Handel would secretly practice playing music on the clavichord at night in the attic due to his father’s disapproval of Handel’s musical aspirations.
  • Handel’s career was almost cut short due to an argument with Johann Mattheson, a fellow composer. A duel began, but luckily, Handel was saved by a button on his shirt!
  • During the first London performance of Handel’s Messiah, King George stood up during the Hallelujah Chorus. Since that day, it has become a tradition to stand during the famous chorus.

Get to know Handel in this video by Columbus Symphony Cellist Yoni Draiblate!

Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring Handel’s Music

  • None at this time

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