George Frideric Handel

Fun Facts

  • Handel was born in 1685, the same year that Bach and Scarlatti were born.

  • Handel's father didn't approve of his musical ambitions.  As a boy, Handel would sneak up to the attic to play the clavichord that had been hidden there.

  • Although he was German, the Brits like to claim Handel as their own.  He became a naturalized British citizen in 1726.

  • Handel composed the first English oratorio.

  • Handel composed the Water Music for a royal barge trip down the Thames.  The music so delighted King George that he asked for it to be played three times.

  • Handel assigned the rights to his massively successful Messiah to London's Foundling Hospital.

  • Unlike many musicians of the time, Handel was extremely wealthy, and left a small fortune when he died.

  • Handel was involved in a severe carriage crash in Holland, but survived with only minor injuries.

  • Handel had a huge appetite, and would order enough food for three people!

  • Handel was blinded by ocular surgeon, John Taylor -- the same surgeon who blinded Bach.

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