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The Artistry of GFHandel 1685-1759 First Part Halle - Hamburg - Rome 1690-1712 Its hard today to speak about Handels life and works without mentioning the similarities between him and Bach first of all they were born in the same year1685 even if its not a case than the most geniuses of the late baroque era Couperin Telemann Scarlatti would have almost been all co-agedNeverhless unlike Bach Handel immortalised the name of a family of cheesemakers or of the Prince of Saxonys barbersurgeon -his father And really it was under the influence and the strong expectations of the latter that like many other aspirants gentlemen the young Haendel enrolled the university of Halle as a law student But after his father death he decided not to pursue the legal career and began instead to perfection those skills as a musician which some three years of lessons taken in his hometown from the reknown organ player Wilhelm Zachau had awakened in him When in 1703 Haendel eventually left Halle and went to Hamburg as a violino in ripeno an ordinary violin player in an orchestra his bad talent as a lawyer and good skills as an artist both characterizing every sudden and proverbial decision taken by him in the future were both proved At those times Hamburg the mercantile capital city of Northern Germany was well known also for its Gansenmarkt Thater literally Theatre at the goose market which workers were yet trying to create the millenary dream in advance of Goethe by combining Italian creativity with German methodology And what better even if oleographic example can be brought to this aim if not the librettos of the operas represented at the Gansenmarkt Theater between 1700 and 1720 ehich appear to be written in German with the execption of the Italian belcanto arias A Ture master in this mixed and eclectic genre neglecting the lutheran poetry preferred by Bach in favour of
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