George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was a composer of baroque music who was born in Germany but became an English citizen. His most famous works include his Messiah, Water Music, baroque Italian operas, and English oratorios. A hugely successful composer in his own lifetime, his last years were blighted by blindness. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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  • 1685 - 1759
    Life of the composer George Frideric Handel.
  • 23 Feb 1685
    George Frideric Handel is born in Halle in Germany.
  • 1701
    George Frideric Handel studies law at the University of Halle.
  • 1703
    George Frideric Handel moves to Hamburg.
  • 1705
    The premiere of George Frideric Handel's first opera, Almira.
  • 1706
    George Frideric Handel moves to Italy.
  • 1708
    George Frideric Handel's first oratorio, Resurrection, is performed at Rome's Palazzo Bonelli on Easter Sunday.
  • 1710
    George Frideric Handel's opera Agrippina is staged in Venice.
  • 1710
    George Frideric Handel takes up his appointment as the Kapellmeister at the court of George Ludwig, Elector of Hanover.
  • 1711
    George Frideric Handel moves to London.
  • Feb 1711
    George Frideric Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at London’s Queen’s Theatre.
  • 1713
    George Frideric Handel’s opera Il pastor fido is staged at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
  • 1717
    George Frideric Handel composes his Water Music.
  • 1718
    George Frideric Handel founds the Royal Academy of Music in London.
  • Apr 1737
    George Frideric Handel suffers a minor stroke.
  • Apr 1742
    George Frideric Handel's Messiah oratorio is first performed in Dublin.
  • 1749
    George Frideric Handel is commissioned to compose his Music for the Royal Fireworks.
  • 1750
    George Frideric Handel is appointed governor of the Foundling Hospital in London.
  • 1751
    George Frideric Handel begins to lose his eyesight.
  • 1753
    George Frideric Handel goes completely blind.
  • 14 Apr 1759
    George Frideric Handel dies in London.
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