Cuckoo and the Nightingale,” the Opus 3 and 6 Concerti Grossi, the
Handel was the father of Italian operas, and after his death they almost
disappeared except for some fragments.
His popularity through the 19
is mainly from his English oratorios such as
Israel in Egypt
The 1960s saw a revival of
interest in Baroque music, and Handel’s Italian operas were reborn.
Many have since
been recorded and performed, these include
Many argue however that Handel’s best operas are
because of the incredible orchestral and vocal writing.
Both of the operas have become
part of the opera mainstream.
Apart from operas, Handel also wrote a number of secular cantatas.
pieces, he turned to classical mythology for inspiration.
The products of such inspiration
are such works as
Acis and Galatea
These works are said to be
very similar to the sacred oratorios but are lyrically and dramatically similar to Handel’s
Because of these similarities they are sometimes performed by small
This is why Handel is known as one of opera’s great musical
dramatists on top of being known as an instrumentalist, orchestral writer, and melodist.
Handel was known throughout Europe by different translations of his name, but