Georg Friedrich Händel *II 23 1685 — The Life You Give

George Frideric Handel, German (until 1715) Georg Friedrich Händel, Händel also spelled Haendel, (born February 23, 1685, Halle, Brandenburg [Germany]—died April 14, 1759, London, England), German-born English composer of the late Baroque era, noted particularly for his operas, oratorios, and instrumental compositions. He wrote the most famous of all oratorios, Messiah (1741), and is also… Continue reading Georg Friedrich Händel *II 23 1685 — The Life You Give

“Tamerlano” (Georg Friedrich Haendel) premiered X 31 1724

Synopsis The defeated Ottoman Emperor, Beyazit, is a prisoner of Timurlenk (Tamerlano). When Timurlenk releases him, Beyazit threatens to commit suicide but is dissuaded by Adnronicus. Timurlenk is in love with Beyazit's daughter, Asteria. In return for her love, Timurlenk will allow him to live. Meanwhile, he also proposes to give his betrothed, Irene, to… Continue reading “Tamerlano” (Georg Friedrich Haendel) premiered X 31 1724

The Lord is a man of war

The conversations continue: on the one end the fervor in the heart of the believer speaks, and on the other is the mind trusting the insatiable need for knowing. Both seem sincere. But it troubles me that a belief seems to be intrinsically committed to combat. In celebration of the first classical music recording ever… Continue reading The Lord is a man of war

“Israel in Egypt”, first known classical music recording — June 29 1888

Painting by Edward John Poynter, in 1867 “Israel in Egypt”, catalogued HWV 54, was composed by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) in 1739, and composed that year on April 4th. The oratorio was scored in English for soloists, choir and orchestra, in 46 movements. Join us listening to this early piece on Clubhouse, June 29, at… Continue reading “Israel in Egypt”, first known classical music recording — June 29 1888