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Focus, Work and Relax to Handel’s Classical Music

Calm Radio has collected outstanding classical music pieces by Handel in one relaxing music channel. Inspiring and sublime, this calm playlist is perfect to accompany your work day, so that you can focus and be productive.

Listen to this calming music channel on a quiet evening and feel your worries melt away. Classical music is known to reduce stress and anxiety, help you think clearly and inspire creativity.

Here are some interesting facts about Handel’s life.

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) was a German Baroque music composer, best known for his operas and oratorios, including his most famous Messiah, Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Birth

Handel was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany to a prominent barber-surgeon. Although he was born the same year as Bach and only 127 km away, the two never met.

Secret Musician

Handel’s father was “alarmed” at his young son’s musical aspirations, forbidding him to own an instrument, and insisting instead that Handel study law. Despite his father’s efforts, the young Handel found a way to learn harpsichord and pipe organ in secret.

Coronation

Handel composed music for the 1727 coronation of King George II. One Handel anthem, Zadoc the Priest, has been performed at every British coronation since.

The Italy Years

From 1706-1710, Handel travelled in Italy, where he met many famous composers, including Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti and Domenico Scarlatti. While in Italy, he composed operas, cantatas and oratorios. Most notably his opera Agrippina was highly successful in Venice, and his international fame began to grow.

The England Years

Following his Italian success, Handel was appointed Kapellmeister to the future King George I of England in 1710. He moved to England in 1710, and became a British citizen in 1727. The commonly seen anglicized version of his name, George Frideric Handel, was adopted with his new citizenship.

The Queen’s Favour

Handel continued composing operas and oratorios while in England, including the famous Messiah in 1741 and Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1749. He was admired not only by the English elite, but by Queen Anne herself. Handel composed Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne in 1713, which the Queen so loved that she offered him a yearly income of £200. Handel remained in England until his death in 1759.

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