George Frideric Handel

1685–1759, GERMAN-BRITISH

Handel wrote Italian operas, English-language oratorios, and lively orchestral suites in Georgian London. Direct, vigorous, and unsentimental, his music exemplified the finest qualities of the Baroque era.

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDELThis portrait of Handel by Balthasar Denner, c. 1726, shows the composer in his early forties—prosperous, celebrated, and at the height of his career.

ON TECHNIQUE

Castrato singers

The castration of males before puberty to create a high-pitched singing voice in adulthood was practiced in Italy from the 16th century. From about 1680, ...

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