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According to my research on both the great Baroque composers I feel that Johann Sebastian Bach has contributed more to the Baroque period then George Frederic Handel Johann Sebastian Bach may not be well known to the public until the Baroque Revival by Mendelssohn in the Romantic period but his works now are a lot more famous then Handels works as his works are generally more influential to composers and it is far more interesting then George Frederic Handels oratorios Example Johann Sebastian Bach and use his name for the motif of this last fugue From an unofficial survey by httpwwwclassicalarchivescom I see that about 1830 preferred Bach Then Handel as a more favourable composer Refer to figure 1 1BEETHOVEN1842 2JS BACH1838 3MOZART1720 4CHOPIN986 5RACHMANINOV199 6TCHAIKOVSKY195 7STRAVINSKY185 8VIVALDI150 9OCKEGHEM116 10LISZT104 11BRAHMS101 12HANDEL095 Figure 1 Popularity of the composers top 12 Although not as great as Johann Sebastian Bach George Frederic Handel otherwise known as Georg Frederich Hand has also contributed very massively to the Baroque period His Oratorios is as famous as Bachs Preludes and Fugues Concertos etc George Frederic Handel mostly concentrate on entertainment of the public thus more well known to the people of the middle classes unlike Johann Sebastian Bach where he works in either the courts of the royalties or in the churches As his duty is to entertain the public therefore George Frederic Handel does not necessary need such a rich harmonious and complex chords like Johann Sebastian Bach He has contributed to mostly of the opera part of the Baroque period but not really in the orchestral side As reference from httphomeattnetdorakmusicjsbgfhhtml I can see that Handel uses Pictorial and effective musical symbolism in his choral music like word painting descriptive music and a certain key to a certain mood of the pieces He also could create enormous effects just by using simple harmonies His oratorios are based on ancient Greek and Roman mythology or history therefore his
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