George Handel: Baroque Composer

February 1685 – April 1759

Handel was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.

The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often published as three suites including minuets, bourrées and hornpipes; all dances. It premiered in July of 1717, in response to King George I’s request for a concert on the River Thames.

Fun Fact: In 1727 Handel was commissioned to write four anthems for the Coronation ceremony of King George II. One of these, Zadok the Priest, has been played at every British coronation ceremony since.

Join is February 24, 2019 as the La Mirada Symphony will perform selected works from Handle.