Composer Study: Handel

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Recommended Listening

Royal Fireworks Music - Handel wrote this wonderful music to be performed in London as fireworks were displayed over the river. It must have been a spectacular sight to behold! This performance is with period instruments (replicas of the actual instruments of the baroque period.)

Organ Concerto, Op. 4, No. 4 — ‘Concerto’ refers to a piece of music for orchestra and one or more soloists. In this case the solo instrument is the organ. 

Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 1 — This time there are several solo instruments, hence the name Concerto Grosso, because this literally means ‘big concerto’.

Trio Sonata for 2 oboes and continuo in A Major — Handel wrote a lot of lovely chamber music as well!

Messiah (complete oratorio, high-definition video) - This performance was filmed in Cambridge, with a wonderful baroque orchestra. You can listen to all of it, or just your favorite parts!

Recommended Reading and Listening

Young Children

Older Children and Adults

All Ages

Handel's Messiah Family Advent Reader
By Frances Lenzo, Donna Payne