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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri May 2 2014

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As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

1 George Frideric Handel was born in Germany and came to over to England at the request of George I.  He then asked to made a British citizen in 1727.


2 His father wanted him to be a lawyer, but the Duke Johann Adolf I convinced him to let Handel take music lessons after seeing him perform.

3 Handel was a big fan of Corelli, they met in Italy and the event was important for the young composer. Handel’s Concerto Grosso in A, Op. 6 No. 11 is directly inspired by Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 6 No. 1.

4 When one of his sopranos refused to sing a piece, he lifted her in the air and threatened to throw her out the window.

5 He was never married, kept his personal life very private and devoted to himself totally to music.

Hear music from Handel and Boyce on 12 June in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?

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