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George Frideric Handel

Born in Halle, Germany, in 1685, George Handel was one of the greatest composers of the late baroque period (1700-1750).  Although his family had no musical distinction, his own musical talent manifested itself early.  Before his tenth birthday he began to receive formal music instruction. He began his first job at age 17, as a church organist in Halle.  However, his musical inclinations lay elsewhere, and a year later he moved to Hamburg, the operatic center of Germany.

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Understanding the Music: Handel - Messiah as a masterwork

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- Messiah

- Messiah

Upcoming Events

  • National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's <i>Messiah</i> National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah 12/17/2015 - 12/20/2015

    Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO and acclaimed guest artists. This year, Nathalie Stutzmann conducts four gifted singers and the UMD Concert Choir in this NSO tradition.