History Music / GeorgeFredericHandel

20th Feb '17 1:30:19 AM bt8257
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German-born English composer (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759), an exact contemporary of Music/JohannSebastianBach (Bach was born 37 days after Händel), although they never met. Händel made his name and fortune composing operas in Italian, writing over 40 of them, most of them for the English market after he moved to London; he was the first ever composer to [[MoneyDearBoy get rich and famous from composing]]. In the 1740s, the audience's taste for Italian opera mysteriously went away. After a brief period of reconsideration, Händel saw what the audience wanted and began to write oratorios in English, the most famous of which (and most famous overall) is ''Messiah''. (Yes, it's the one with the [[StandardSnippet "Hallelujah" chorus.)]]

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German-born English composer (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759), an exact contemporary of Music/JohannSebastianBach (Bach was born 37 days after Händel), although they never met. Händel made his name and fortune composing operas in Italian, writing over 40 of them, most of them for the English market after he moved to London; he was the first ever composer to [[MoneyDearBoy get rich and famous from composing]]. In the 1740s, the audience's taste for Italian opera mysteriously went away. After a brief period of reconsideration, Händel he saw what the audience wanted and began to write oratorios in English, the most famous of which (and most famous overall) is ''Messiah''. (Yes, it's the one with the [[StandardSnippet "Hallelujah" chorus.)]]
13th Feb '17 2:46:41 AM morenohijazo
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* ChewingTheScenery: The title character in ''Hercules'' after being poisoned, and his wife Dejanira after realising she poisoned him.



* ChewingTheScenery: The title character in ''Hercules'' after being poisoned, and his wife Dejanira after realising she poisoned him.

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* ChewingTheScenery: The DishonoredDead: In ''Giulio Cesare in Egitto'', the body of Achillas, the Egyptian commander, is thrown by Sextus into the sea. Achillas did work for the Romans' enemy before and especially take part in the murder of Sextus' father, but Sextus ''completely'' ignores the fact that he had defected to the good side and had just given him, Sextus, the commander's sigil which is the only means to save his mother.
* DownerEnding: Given that opera and oratorio of the time had a strong emphasis on happy endings, these are few and far between, but the English oratorio ''Theodora'' is an outstanding exception, finishing with the execution of the
title character in ''Hercules'' after being poisoned, and his wife Dejanira after realising she poisoned him.her lover.



* DownerEnding: Given that opera and oratorio of the time had a strong emphasis on happy endings, these are few and far between, but the English oratorio ''Theodora'' is an outstanding exception, finishing with the execution of the title character and her lover.
18th Jan '17 8:11:21 AM AutumnLeaves
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* LoveDodecahedron: Basically every opera of his has one. Take ''Giulio Cesare in Egitto'': Cleopatra falls in love with Caesar, but Caesar's friend Curio is also attracted to her (before they know her true identity) mainly because he wants to forget about Cornelia who rejected him, while Cornelia in the meantime is being pursued by the antagonists Achilla (who, in most interpretations, comes to truly love her) and Ptolemy (who wants her ''and'' a whole harem of girls).
19th May '16 3:26:20 AM Jeduthun
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* SenseLossSadness: "Total Eclipse" from ''Samson'', which thanks to RealitySubtext became a literal TearJerker for the composer (and the audience) when he lost his own sight.
17th May '16 9:45:08 AM Jeduthun
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* {{Oratorio}}: The genre he is probably best known for, thanks to ''Messiah''.
18th Apr '16 10:50:29 AM eroock
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-->''"I thought I saw the face of God."''
-->-After composing the Hallelujah chorus for ''Messiah''

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-->''"I ->''"I thought I saw the face of God."''
-->-After -->-- After composing the Hallelujah chorus for ''Messiah''
24th Nov '15 6:51:17 AM cathaltwomey93@gmail.com
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** The title heroine in ''Susanna'' sings a dignified lament by the title character whose middle section is interrupted by the impatient blusterings of another character. Then she ''goes back to the first section to finish the aria anyway''.

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** The title heroine in ''Susanna'' sings a dignified lament by the title character whose middle section is interrupted by the impatient blusterings of another character. Then she ''goes back to the first section to finish the aria anyway''.
19th Nov '15 7:06:47 PM MoonByte
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* StandardSnippet: The Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah is probably THE best-known piece from Handel, especially since modern comedies love using it.
17th May '15 11:04:40 PM nombretomado
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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: He wrote the coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest" for the coronation of [[TheHouseOfHanover George II]] in 1727. It proved so popular that it has been used at every coronation ever since.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: He wrote the coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest" for the coronation of [[TheHouseOfHanover [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George II]] in 1727. It proved so popular that it has been used at every coronation ever since.
3rd May '15 10:38:00 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology: The basis for several of his operas, oratorios and cantatas.

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* ClassicalMythology: Myth/ClassicalMythology: The basis for several of his operas, oratorios and cantatas.



* GreekChorus: In a lot of the oratorios, particularly (and unsurprisingly) the ones based on [[ClassicalMythology Classical Mythology]].

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* GreekChorus: In a lot of the oratorios, particularly (and unsurprisingly) the ones based on [[ClassicalMythology Classical Mythology]].Myth/ClassicalMythology.
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