Interlude: Handel’s Enduring Influence

Handel's lasting influence remains in the operatic world. His operas which were rarely performed a generation or two ago, have found renewed life in the 21st century. Why? Not for the first time here, the music makes its own case. Consider this album from one of the most exciting singers in the opera world today: … Continue reading Interlude: Handel’s Enduring Influence

Handel and Opera

As much as I love Handel’s oratorios, his 42 operas are his supreme achievement. Another digression. I met my wife in the Spring of 1998 and we got together, in no small part, because my father developed a very serious tumor and was in the hospital for most of the next year. Over the course … Continue reading Handel and Opera

Interlude: Handel’s Secular World

J.S. Bach's Lutheran faith animated his music. Handel, by comparison, apparently liked a good time and was less concerned about religion. Indeed, Handel's most famous tune is arguable from his "Water Music", which was written for King George I's concert on the Thames. George Friderich Handel, Water Music Suite No. 1, XII: Alla Hornpipe reading Interlude: Handel’s Secular World

Handel’s Instrumental Music

Handel is best known for his oratorios and operas, but his instrumental music, often overlooked, reveals a brilliant mind at work. Handel learned the concerto grosso form from Corelli during his time in Italy and took Corelli’s innovation to the next level. Haydn and the modern symphony are now mere decades away, getting closer all … Continue reading Handel’s Instrumental Music

Interlude: Why Handel?

In my last entry, I made the claim that I listen to Handel's music more than the music of any other composer. Why? Because his music is just so beautiful. I hope to answer this question more conclusively over the next couple of weeks, but, for today, I'll let Handel make his own case. Let … Continue reading Interlude: Why Handel?