George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
German; Lived most of life in England
Famous Works Involving Orchestra
Messiah, Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks
- As a child, Handel would secretly practice playing music on the clavichord at night in the attic due to his father’s disapproval of Handel’s musical aspirations.
- Handel’s career was almost cut short due to an argument with Johann Mattheson, a fellow composer. A duel began, but luckily, Handel was saved by a button on his shirt!
- During the first London performance of Handel’s Messiah, King George stood up during the Hallelujah Chorus. Since that day, it has become a tradition to stand during the famous chorus.
Get to know Handel in this video by Columbus Symphony Cellist Yoni Draiblate!
Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring Handel’s Music
- None at this time