Handel: The Man & His Music

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Keates also offers some interesting insights into the professional lives of 18th-century composers and the problems which many of them faced in getting their music published and performed. He makes the point that Handel was uniquely fortunate in not being dependent on a single employer or patron, and that his annual income based on pensions awarded him by two successive British sovereigns, employment as teacher to the royal princesses, and commissions to write pieces to celebrate important events, allowed him some artistic freedom without fear of starvation.

G. F. Handel: Messiah HWV 56 (fantastic performance)

The problems he faced in being caught up in the crossfire between King George II and his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, who bitterly detested each other and walked a tightrope so as not to offend either, are well handled. It is also interesting to read that his career might have come to a premature end around , after he suffered a probable stroke, and then had to give up operatic management after he had lost a small fortune.

Had he done so, there would have been no 'Messiah' and no 'Music for the Royal Fireworks', two of the main works on which his reputation rests. Among the plates which particularly caught my eye was a caricature of Handel, his profile replaced by a hooded pig's snout.


The Glorious History of Handel's Messiah | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian

This was the work of Joseph Goupy, the scene painter and for a while his friend, who was entertained to supper by the composer at his home at Brook Street. Handel apologized for the frugal fare as he was temporarily out of funds, promising something better next time, then excused himself from the table 'for a moment'. Goupy waited awhile, then went into the next room and looked through the window to see him tucking heartily into 'claret and French dishes'.

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