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As a famous person, you get all kinds of crazy stuff written about you. Poor George Friedrich Handel has articles, books and even a museum dedicated to him. Being dead, he naturally doesn’t get a say in any of this. So we thought we’d give you a little selection of quotes which, while not all of them come straight from the horse’s mouth, they all come from somewhere around the horse’s mouth.
– Ludwig van Beethoven, expressing his devotion. In 1797, Beethoven published several pieces based on Handel’s work.
– Samuel Butler, the Victorian writer was a lifelong fan of Handel.
– Hector Berlioz describing the famously greedy Handel.
– Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky, writing in his diary in 1886. Tchaikovsky, to be fair, was quite harsh on a lot of people. He described Brahms as a “giftless bastard” and said of that Richard Strauss that “such an astounding lack of talent was never before united to such pretentiousness”.
– Handel, to Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Despite what this quote implies, however, Handel actually very much liked England. He changed the spelling of his name to an English spelling, and was a naturalized Englishman.
– Handel, on “borrowing” others’ music and making it his own.
– Jimi Hendrix. During the late 1960s, Jimi lived in Handel’s old house in London. His girlfriend of the time recalls how one day Jimi ran downstairs from the bathroom, claiming to have just seen Handel.