George Frideric Handel
George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; baptised Georg Friedrich Händel, German: [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhɛndl̩] (listen); 23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grossi, and organ concertos. Handel received his training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition and by composers of the Italian Baroque. In turn, Handel's music forms one of the peaks of the "high baroque" style, bringing Italian opera to its highest development, creating the genres of English oratorio and organ concerto, and introducing a new style into English church music. He is consistently recognized as one of the greatest composers of his age.
Handel started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. In 1737, he had a physical breakdown, changed direction creatively, and addressed the middle class and made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742), he never composed an Italian opera again. His orchestral Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks remain steadfastly popular. One of his four coronation anthems, Zadok the Priest, has been performed at every British coronation since 1727. Almost blind, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man, and was given a state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Handel composed more than forty opere serie over a period of more than thirty years. Since the late 1960s, interest in Handel's music has grown. The musicologist Winton Dean wrote that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." His music was admired by Classical-era composers, especially Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 454 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 C-]1440||12-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 A-]1440||7-in.||6/20/1902||Largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1760||10-in.||11/14/1902||Hallelujah chorus||American Band of Providence||Band||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1760||7-in.||11/14/1902||Hallelujah chorus||Clarke's 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||B-249||10-in.||8/11/1903||Handel's largo||Sousa's Band||Band, with cornet solo||composer|
|Victor||A-249||7-in.||8/11/1903||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 November 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.
Handel, George Frideric. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102593.
"Handel, George Frideric." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 November 2023.
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