Georg Friedrich Händel

Georg Friedrich Händel Sheet Music

  • Born
    23rd February 1685
  • Died
    14th April 1759
  • Birthplace
    Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg

George Frideric Handel was a German-British composer, famous for his operas and oratorios. He was born in 1685, to a family indifferent to music, and received musical training in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712 and becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727. Strongly influenced by the composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition, he started three commercial opera companies within 15 years, to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. In 1737 he had to deal with a physical breakdown, changed direction and adressed middle class: he made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never performed an Italian opera again. Handel was successful with his performances of English Oratorio on mythical or biblical themes. The pathos of Handel's oratorio is an ethical one, hallowed not by liturgical dignity but by the moral ideals of humanity. Almost blind, and having lived in England for almost fifty years, he died a respected and rich man.

Title Form Instrument
Coronation Anthems, HWV 258-261 Anthem Choir and Orchestra
Arioso Aria / Arietta Organ
'Ombra mai fu' from Serse, HWV. 40 Aria / Arietta Piano
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72 Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Agrippina condotta a morire, HWV 110 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Ah, che pur troppo è vero, HWV 77 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Ah! che troppo ineguali, HWV 230 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Ah, crudel! nel pianto mio, HWV 78 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Allor ch'io dissi addio, HWV 80 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Alpestre monte, HWV 81 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Aminta e Fillide, HWV 83 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122 Cantata Voice(s) and Orchestra
Armida abbandonata, HWV 105 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Aure soavi e liete, HWV 84 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Carco sempre di gloria, HWV 87 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Care selve, aure grate, HWV 88 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Cecilia, volgi un sguardo, HWV 89 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Chi ben ama non paventa Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Chi rapì la pace al core, HWV 90 Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments
Clori, degli occhi miei, HWV 91a Cantata Voice(s) and Instruments