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Six Recorder Sonatas
Recorder Sonata g minor HWV 360
Recorder Sonata a minor HWV 362
Recorder Sonata C major HWV 365
Recorder Sonata F major HWV 369
Recorder Sonata d minor HWV 367a
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Georg Friedrich Händel

He numbers among the most important composers of Italian operas and is a major proponent of the oratorio; his immense oeuvre also comprises concerti grossi and solo concertos, liturgical music, chamber music, and music for keyboard instruments. He worked in London.

1685Born in Halle (Saale) on February 23.
1702Organist at the Palace Cathedral in Halle.
1703Employed as a violinist, later as a harpsichordist, at the Oper am Gänsemarkt in Hamburg; premiere in 1705 of the opera “Der in Krohnen erlangte Glücks-Wechsel, oder: Almira, Königin von Castilien” (“The Change of Fortune Won in Crowns, or: Almira, Queen of Castile”).
1706–10Stay in Italy, with opera performances.
1710Employed as music director by the Elector of Hanover. The 1711 London premiere of “Rinaldo” is a great success. In 1712, he will travel once more to London, where he will remain for the rest of his life.
from 1720Important position at the Royal Academy of Music, which he founded in 1717.
from 1724Successful premieres of “Giulio Cesare in Egitto,” “Tamerlano,” “Rodelinda” in 1725, and “Alessandro” in 1726.
1728After the dissolution of the Royal Academy of Music, Handel continues to lead his own company.
1733Competition from the Nobility Opera, which is supported by the aristocracy. Premiere of “Orlando.”
1734Engagement of a French ballet troupe to outdo the Nobility Opera. Integration of French elements into his own operas.
from 1735Premiere of “Alcina,” “Giustino” in 1737, “Serse” in 1738 (containing the famous largo “Ombra mai fù”).
1736Three “Water Music Suites,” HWV 348–350.
1739Twelve “Concerti grossi,” Op. 6, after Corelli’s example.
1741Unsuccessful premiere of the melodrama “Deidamia”. From then on, composition of oratorios, including “Messiah” (1741), “Judas Maccabaeus” (1746), and “Jephtha” (1751).
1749“Music for the Royal Fireworks,” HWV 351.
1759Death in London on April 14.

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