History Music / GeorgeFredericHandel

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.
6th Apr '15 7:25:57 PM Luprand
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** The chorus "All We, Like Sheep" from ''The Messiah'' starts off quite cheerfully, with layered melismas making the music sound as though the whole choir is on a whirlgig. And then the music draws to a dead halt and the second half of the chorus is slow and somber in a minor key.
11th Mar '15 11:26:15 AM Patachou
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He is mentioned as being dead in the song "Decomposing Composers" by Creator/MichaelPalin sang on Creator/MontyPython's ''Audioplay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum''.
8th Feb '15 9:19:48 PM Jeduthun
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* BlindMusician: Händel lost his vision later in life, but [[DeafComposer kept on composing and performing]]. On one occasion, Sir John Stanley—also blind—was scheduled to be the keyboardist for a concert that Handel was supposed to conduct. Händel, when told of it, [[DeadpanSnarker said]], "[[AsTheGoodBookSays Don't you know your Scripture]]? If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the pit."
6th Feb '15 8:22:48 AM Trueman001
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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 Handel), although they never met. Handel 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, Handel 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.)]]

!!Tropes present in Handel's works:

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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 Handel), Händel), although they never met. Handel 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, Handel 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.)]]

!!Tropes present in Handel's Händel's works:



* AdaptationExpansion: When Handel decided to write an opera based on Congreve's ''Semele'' libretto, an unknown poet added substantially to the text, borrowing from a number of authors.

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* AdaptationExpansion: When Handel Händel decided to write an opera based on Congreve's ''Semele'' libretto, an unknown poet added substantially to the text, borrowing from a number of authors.



* ArtisticLicenceHistory: A lot of Handel's operas are based on the lives of historical figures (''Alessandro'', ''Ricardo Primo'', ''Agrippina''), but the librettists frequently distorted facts in service of a good story (and a happy ending). Just to pick a prominent example, anyone familiar with Imperial Roman history might be surprised that ''Agrippina'' concludes with joyful wedding celebrations when, in reality, the events portrayed (Agrippina's string-pulling with her son Nero, Nero's adulterous affair with Poppea Sabina etc.) led to... well, a lot of ugly death, really.

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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: A lot of Handel's Händel's operas are based on the lives of historical figures (''Alessandro'', ''Ricardo Primo'', ''Agrippina''), but the librettists frequently distorted facts in service of a good story (and a happy ending). Just to pick a prominent example, anyone familiar with Imperial Roman history might be surprised that ''Agrippina'' concludes with joyful wedding celebrations when, in reality, the events portrayed (Agrippina's string-pulling with her son Nero, Nero's adulterous affair with Poppea Sabina etc.) led to... well, a lot of ugly death, really.



* GenreBusting: Scholars still argue over whether ''Hercules'' and ''Semele'' are oratorios, operas or something else (even though they're performed in opera houses quite a bit). Handel called ''Hercules'' 'A Musical Drama' and said ''Semele'' would be performed 'After the manner of an oratorio' (implying it wasn't actually one), so it seems even the man himself didn't want to nail his colours to the mast.

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* GenreBusting: Scholars still argue over whether ''Hercules'' and ''Semele'' are oratorios, operas or something else (even though they're performed in opera houses quite a bit). Handel Händel called ''Hercules'' 'A Musical Drama' and said ''Semele'' would be performed 'After the manner of an oratorio' (implying it wasn't actually one), so it seems even the man himself didn't want to nail his colours to the mast.



* HarsherInHindsight: ''Samson'' contains the famous aria 'Total eclipse', in which a blind man laments the loss of his sight. Handel himself went blind toward the end of his life, and performances of this aria were said to move him, and the audience, to tears.
* HeelFaceTurn: A lot of the operas end with the villain having one of these. It was a ''really'' common device in Italian-language opera at the time, not just in Handel's works.

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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Samson'' contains the famous aria 'Total eclipse', in which a blind man laments the loss of his sight. Handel Händel himself went blind toward the end of his life, and performances of this aria were said to move him, and the audience, to tears.
* HeelFaceTurn: A lot of the operas end with the villain having one of these. It was a ''really'' common device in Italian-language opera at the time, not just in Handel's Händel's works.



* LastMinuteReprieve: The title character in ''Jephtha'' is about to sacrifice his own daughter (because of a rash promise to God), when an angel appears and tells him there's no need because... God set the whole thing up and stuff. It jars, but Handel pulls it off.
* LastRequest: When his lifelong friend and commissioner, George I, was on his deathbed, he made two acts as king: the first was to naturalize Handel as a British citizen. The second one was to commission him to write a coronation anthem for his son, who would become George II. It was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXgOQ9_-RI awesome.]]
* MelismaticVocals: A very popular device for Baroque composers, and Handel was very good at it. Particularly well-known example in the chorus 'For unto us a child is born' from ''Messiah''; 'born' is set to a 57-note melisma.
* MoodWhiplash: Baroque composers were fond of extreme contrast, and Handel uses this a lot. However, there are a few particularly cool examples that deserve special mention:

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* LastMinuteReprieve: The title character in ''Jephtha'' is about to sacrifice his own daughter (because of a rash promise to God), when an angel appears and tells him there's no need because... God set the whole thing up and stuff. It jars, but Handel Händel pulls it off.
* LastRequest: When his lifelong friend and commissioner, George I, was on his deathbed, he made two acts as king: the first was to naturalize Handel Händel as a British citizen. The second one was to commission him to write a coronation anthem for his son, who would become George II. It was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXgOQ9_-RI awesome.]]
* MelismaticVocals: A very popular device for Baroque composers, and Handel Händel was very good at it. Particularly well-known example in the chorus 'For unto us a child is born' from ''Messiah''; 'born' is set to a 57-note melisma.
* MoodWhiplash: Baroque composers were fond of extreme contrast, and Handel Händel uses this a lot. However, there are a few particularly cool examples that deserve special mention:



* OutOfGenreExperience: While Handel is rightly famous for his own work, he is less known as a major force in the preservation of Irish folk music. He spent a lot of time in Dublin gathering and notating Irish airs and dance tunes.

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* OutOfGenreExperience: While Handel Händel is rightly famous for his own work, he is less known as a major force in the preservation of Irish folk music. He spent a lot of time in Dublin gathering and notating Irish airs and dance tunes.



** Also, the story is sometimes told that Handel composed the "Water Music" to earn his way back into the king's favor after a falling-out. In fact, George I specifically commissioned the piece in order to counter the growing popularity of his son, the Prince of Wales (later George II), with whom--like pretty much all Hanoverian monarchs and their eldest sons--''he'' had had a falling-out.

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** Also, the story is sometimes told that Handel Händel composed the "Water Music" to earn his way back into the king's favor after a falling-out. In fact, George I specifically commissioned the piece in order to counter the growing popularity of his son, the Prince of Wales (later George II), with whom--like pretty much all Hanoverian monarchs and their eldest sons--''he'' had had a falling-out.



!!Tropes present in Handel's life:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Handel never married and he never had a long-term relationship with a woman, although he had plenty of opportunity to have one, since he worked for most of his life writing operas. Some people believe that he had a long-term relationship with his secretary, John Christopher Smith; there's no evidence that he did, but also none that he didn't.

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!!Tropes present in Handel's Händel's life:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Handel Händel never married and he never had a long-term relationship with a woman, although he had plenty of opportunity to have one, since he worked for most of his life writing operas. Some people believe that he had a long-term relationship with his secretary, John Christopher Smith; there's no evidence that he did, but also none that he didn't.



* DeadpanSnarker: When a male singer protested about Handel's accompaniment by threatening to jump on Handel's harpsichord, he famously replied:

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* DeadpanSnarker: When a male singer protested about Handel's Händel's accompaniment by threatening to jump on Handel's Händel's harpsichord, he famously replied:



** Then there was the time a violinist he was accompanying improvised a big showy cadenza and lost track of what key he was meant to be in. When he finally found his way back to the right key, Handel shouted 'Welcome home!', and the audience burst out laughing.

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** Then there was the time a violinist he was accompanying improvised a big showy cadenza and lost track of what key he was meant to be in. When he finally found his way back to the right key, Handel Händel shouted 'Welcome home!', and the audience burst out laughing.



** This was once turned against him. When a newly-arrived soloist terribly botched his first rehearsal, Handel rebuked him, saying "You said you could read at sight!" The soloist replied "I said that, but I didn't say at first sight."

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** This was once turned against him. When a newly-arrived soloist terribly botched his first rehearsal, Handel Händel rebuked him, saying "You said you could read at sight!" The soloist replied "I said that, but I didn't say at first sight."



* HotBlooded: Once, during a practice, a violinist hit a bum note. Handel was so furious he lobbed a ''kettle drum'' at him. "OK," you might think, "he threw a drum, those can't be that heavy." But you see, a ''kettle'' drum is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin solid copper kettle]], at least half a meter wide, with a drumhead stretched over the top. The things are ''heavy.'' And again, he at one point attempted to hurl an obnoxious diva out through a window

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* HotBlooded: Once, during a practice, a violinist hit a bum note. Handel Händel was so furious he lobbed a ''kettle drum'' at him. "OK," you might think, "he threw a drum, those can't be that heavy." But you see, a ''kettle'' drum is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin solid copper kettle]], at least half a meter wide, with a drumhead stretched over the top. The things are ''heavy.'' And again, he at one point attempted to hurl an obnoxious diva out through a window



* PocketProtector: The story goes that he got into a sword duel with another man, who managed to evade Handel's parries and thrust directly at his chest. The tip of the sword caught on a brass button and the blade flexed and snapped, thus ending the duel.

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* PocketProtector: The story goes that he got into a sword duel with another man, who managed to evade Handel's Händel's parries and thrust directly at his chest. The tip of the sword caught on a brass button and the blade flexed and snapped, thus ending the duel.
1st Feb '15 8:10:25 AM Sonofstranger
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* LastRequest: When his lifelong friend and commissioner, George I, was on his deathbed, he made two acts as king: the first was to naturalize Handel as a British citizen. The second one was to commission him to write a coronation anthem for his son, who would become George II. It was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiXgOQ9_-RI awesome.]]
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