Music_120_Handel_09 - George Handel (1685-1759) George...

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George Handel (1685-1759) George Frederic Handel’s musical career took him away from his native Germany into Italy and eventually to England Handel’s music mixed German, Italian, French and English musical traditions To Handel belongs the title of “the first composer to attain a permanent place in the performing repertoire His remarkable staying power largely is owing to his English oratorios Oratorium: the practice of singing sacred songs in the Roman oratorium evolved into a complex multi-movement work The critical features that distinguished 1
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Italian oratorio from opera were the oratorio’s sacred subject matter and texts, sung in either Latin or Italian, and the absence of stage scenery and acting Stories from the Bible were sung and were narrated by a figure called the historicus . Chorus members would sing the roles of biblical characters Following his studies in Italy, Handel returned to Germany where he took the position of Kapellmeister (Musical Director) in the household of the Elector of Hanover (the House of Hanover) Handel was given leave by the Elector to travel to England in order to supervise the London production of an opera 2
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Georg II, the Elector of Hanover and Handel’s employer, became King George
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2010 for the course PHYSICS 121 taught by Professor Padiego during the Fall '09 term at University of Western States.

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