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Composer Biography: G.F. Handel
Beethoven so admired Handel's work that he wrote it out so as to get the "feeling of its intricacies" and "to unravel its complexities". Handel exerted considerable influence on Beethoven at various stages of his career. With this transcription of Handel's vocal fugue "And With His Stripes" from The Messiah, Beethoven sought to learn from the older composers fuguel techniques. Many of Beethoven's fugues are strongly influenced by Handel, with their long, sectional themes and their occasional unconventional procedures. Below is Beethoven's manuscript of a portion of Handel's Messiah.
Born: Feb. 23, 1685 in Halle Saxony
Died: April 14, 1759 in London
George Frederich Handel
Handel's Death mask, 1759
Handel's grave stone
Handel, the hero of baroque music, bequeathed to mankind a singular artistic heritage. We know altogether 612 compositions by him. Many of his 42 operas and 26 oratorios are among the most valuable examples that have been created in European music. In his works Handel was striving for an impressive synthesis of various national styles. Besides the consummate mastery of composition and striking dramatic content, his music is noted for inward pathos and ravishing optimism. George Frideric Handel not only entertained the audiences, he also educated them according to the principles of the Enlightenment.
Manuscipt of Messiah