If all you’ve heard of George Frederic Handel is his glorious Messiah, sung out in churches everywhere at Christmas, give this audiobiography a try. Written by David Allen and narrated with British clarity and verve by character actor John Ringham, George Frederic Handel tells a very condensed story of the life of Bach’s contemporary and one of the founders of classical music as we know it.
German born, Handel’s long life took him on a European tour where he soaked up courtly Italian musical ideas. In time he moved to England and gave up court music for what some have called "moral music", usually chorale works written in England that are intended to move the audience toward heavenly considerations.
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