German-born English composer (23 February 1685 -– 14 April 1759), an exact contemporary of Creator/JohannSebastianBach, 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:
* 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.
!!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.
* BerserkButton: People playing out of tune. He demanded that the orchestras he worked with tune before he showed up, and at one time slugged the jaw of a violinist who missed a note.
* DeadpanSnarker: When a male singer protested about Handel's accompaniment by threatening to jump on Handel's harpsichord, he famously replied:
-->Let me know when you will do that and I will advertise. I am sure more people will come to see you jump than will come to hear you sing.
** 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."
* GeniusBruiser: An immensely skilled musician and composer, but also famous for his huge size and prodigious strength (recall the famous incident in which he held a soprano out of a window until she acquiesced to some demand of his).
* HotBlooded: At one point attempted to hurl an obnoxious diva out through a window, and threw a kettle drum (for those of you not in the know, the smallest kettle drum is a two feet wide, two feet deep copper pot) at an offending violinist.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For all his violent antics, he paid his musicians well, and would go PapaWolf on their behalf on occasion.
* 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.
* 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.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: When Georg Friedrich Händel moved to England, he anglicized his name to George Frideric Handel.