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 5th, 1685 (Halle (Saale)), Died London

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 375 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  
(Results 1-25 of 375 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Handel, George Frideric," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.

Handel, George Frideric. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.

"Handel, George Frideric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

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