George Frideric Handel
George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friederich Händel [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhɛndl̩] (listen); 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759) was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi and organ concertos. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.
Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never composed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.
Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest (1727), composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Another of his English oratorios, Solomon (1748), has also remained popular, with the Sinfonia that opens act 3 (known more commonly as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba") featuring at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Handel composed more than forty opera serias in over thirty years, and since the late 1960s, with the revival of baroque music and historically informed musical performance, interest in Handel's operas has grown.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 5, 1685 (Halle (Saale)), Died April 14, 1759 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 427 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||1918||7-in.||Before Nov. 1898||Every valley shall be exalted||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1919||7-in.||Nov. 1898||Thou shalt break them||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1944||7-in.||1/17/1899||Why does the God of Israel sleep||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1947||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Where’er you walk||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1949||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Virtue my soul shall still embrace||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||1954||7-in.||Before Apr. 1899||Waft her, angels||W. D. McFarland||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1440||7-in.||6/20/1902||Largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1440||10-in.||6/20/1902||Handels largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix C-]1440||12-in.||6/20/1902||Largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1760||7-in.||11/14/1902||Hallelujah chorus||Clarke's Band of Providence||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1760||10-in.||11/14/1902||Hallelujah chorus||American Band of Providence||Band||composer|
|Victor||A-199||7-in.||7/27/1903||Hallelujah chorus||Clarke's Band of Providence||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-199||10-in.||7/27/1903||Hallelujah chorus||Clarke's Band of Providence||Band||composer|
|Victor||A-249||7-in.||8/11/1903||Largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||B-249||10-in.||8/11/1903||Handel's largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||C-493||12-in.||10/5/1903||He shall feed his flock||Louise Homer||Contralto vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||C-551||12-in.||10/7/1903||Lascia ch'io pianga||Jules Levy||Cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||B-1291||10-in.||5/7/1904||He shall feed his flock||Emma Juch||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-1475||10-in.||6/15/1904||Largo||Charles D'Almaine||Violin solo, with organ||composer|
|Victor||B-2059||10-in.||12/19/1904||Hallelujah chorus||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-2059||12-in.||12/19/1904||Hallelujah chorus||Victor Chorus||Vocal chorus and band||composer|
|Victor||C-2599||12-in.||6/5/1905||Why do the nations||Bushnell Ericson||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-2600||12-in.||6/5/1905||The trumpet shall sound||Bushnell Ericson||Bass vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-2804||12-in.||10/12/1905||He was despised||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with organ and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-3349||12-in.||5/1/1906||He shall lead his flock||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Handel, George Frideric," accessed June 30, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.
Handel, George Frideric. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.
"Handel, George Frideric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 30 June 2022.
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