Celebrating the Music of Handel Three hundred twenty years ago in Halle, Germany, George Frideric Handel was born. The composer of numerous orchestral works, operas and oratorios, including The Messiah, he is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Western music.
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Celebrating the Music of Handel

Celebrating the Music of Handel

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The Handel House Museum in London, where the composer lived from 1723 until his death. It was at this house that he composed The Messiah. hide caption

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Three hundred twenty years ago in Halle, Germany, George Frideric Handel was born. The composer of numerous orchestral works, operas and oratorios, including The Messiah, he is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Western music.

Performance Today salutes the man whom Beethoven called "the greatest composer who ever lived."