George Frederick Handel was born in Halle, Germany on February 32, 1685 (which is the same year that Johann Sebastian Bach was born. His father was a barber and surgeon who planned for his son to be a lawyer. George practiced the harpsichord in the attic, hidden from his father, who believe that music was a waste of time. When he was still young, he went with his father to visit the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels, where he had to chance to play the organ. It didn’t take the Duke long to convince Handel’s father to let young George study music.
And study George did. He traveled across Europe learning constantly about music and beginning to compose tunes of his own. He eventually earned the support of the King of England by composing Water Music for a procession of royal boats on the River Thames. Over the course of his career, Handel composed operas, concertos, and other well-loved pieces before he wrote an Oratorio, The Messiah, that tells the story of Jesus in song.
George Frideric Handel, Composer of Messiah by Charles Ludwig
The Soul Feels Its Worth: An Advent Devotional Through the Music and Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah by Hillery R. Schanck
Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel’s Messiah by Albert Blackwell
Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader by Frances Lenzo
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