February 23 Birthday: George Frideric Handel

by Anne on February 23, 2012

George Frideric Handel, musician

Feb. 23, 1685-Apr. 14, 1759

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Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick, 2001)

Here’s a humorous (and detailed) take on Handel’s life and music, including the a debunking of the myth that the tradition of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus began with the king.

Read an introduction to the Handel House, it’s history, restoration and about Handel’s London at the Handel House Museum.