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George Frederic Handel
1685 to 1759

His life
Handel began his musical career in his native Germany, but soon became frustrated with the lack of opportunities to write what he loved the most--operas. After going to Italy, the country where operas were invented and were still popular, Handel had a long and successful career in London, England. While in London he continued to write Italian operas, and (after operas fell out of favor) many oratorios.

His Works
Handel's best known work is the oratorio, Messiah, which includes the famous "Hallelujah Chorus."

You can download this music by Handel:
Joy to the World
Hallelujah, from Messiah, arranged
He Shall Feed His Flock, from Messiah, arranged
Intermed. 1

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