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George Frideric Handel certainly one of the founding fathers of music introduced new types of music and affected the many composers who followed him Handel was born on February 23 1685 in Halle a town in Germany He was a very bright man not only was he a prodigy in music but he also was trained in law Handel played the organ violin harpsichord and composed songs His music influenced that of Mozart and maybe even Beethoven The other famous composer of Handels time was Bach They made an attempt to work with each other but they never did The irony between both Handel and Bach is that they were born in the same year and both died from the same disease From an early age Handel began his career in music at an early age playing violin and composing music at age 18 for Hamburgs German Opera in 1703 Three years later he traveled to Italy where he tried to master the Italian style of music In Italy he met the leading composers and musicians and worked on pieces together which gave him more insight on music In 1712 he moved to England where he wrote most of his music Handel composed music for George I of England including Water Music Handel composed the first London Italian opera Rinaldo He also developed a new form of opera called English oratorio It combined the gaiety of Italian opera with an increased amount of chorus usually in English and religious text His most famous oratorio is the Messiah It dealt with the birth passion and resurrection of Christ using text derived from the Bible Handel had trouble with his eyes and later he lost his eyesight totally Shortly after he died on April 14 1759 of sepsimia During the time period of the late 1600s to the mid 1700s many events occurred relating to exploring and adjusting Catherine the Great was looking to
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