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George Frederic Handel

A contemporary of Johan Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, he is one of Baroque music’s most popular composers. Unlike Bach, Handel enjoyed significant success in his lifetime.

His operas in the Italian sale were particularly popular until the fashion for them waned and he decided he had to find another opening for his music. It was through this that “The Messiah” came to fruition and the “oratorio” was born.

He was a prolific writer. His works include 42 operas, 29 oratorios, over 120 cantata, trios and duets, 16 organ concerti and many instrumental works including concerti grossi, the "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks".

One track at a time

Please allow one track to finish (or stop the track) before playing another. With the exception of “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, all tracks are short extracts from the original.

Water Music

  • Bourree (1:28)

  • Alla Hornpipe (1:28)

  • Loure (1:05)

  • Menuet (1:54)

Other Works

  • Srrival of the Queen of Sheba (Full work 3:36)

  • Music for the Royal Fireworks - La Rejouissance (2:06)