Geek Of The Week: George Frideric Handel

Geek Of The Week: George Frideric Handel

Over the last several years, I’ve featured a few of my favorite classical composers as geeks of the week. The list includes: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Johan Sebastian Bach, and Johannes Brahms. This week, we’ll add another influential name to that list, George Frideric Handel. German-born Handel shares his birth year, 1685, with Bach. However, he spent the majority of his career in London while many of the others seemed to favor Austria. While composers like Beethoven and Brahms are know for their symphonies, Handel focused primarily on operas, oratorios, and organ concertos.

Between 1705 and 1741, Handel composed 42 operas and 29 oratorios (as well as several other compositions). The first few pieces were written in Germany and had little success. He then moved to Italy where he found limited success, but it wasn’t until his move to England that his works became popular. The majority of his performances took place before British royalty. These pieces are some of the most influential music from the Baroque period. Handel continued to write and perform music into his later life until he went blind in 1752 and could no longer write. Handel passed away in 1759 at the age of 74. He left behind a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come. He is more than qualified to be our 344th GOTW.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.