Monday, November 16, 2009

It's all in the name

Carved marble statue of Handel.
George Frideric Handel (German: Georg Friedrich Händel) (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-English Baroque composer, who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concerti grossi. His life and music may justly be described as "cosmopolitan": he was born in Germany, trained in Italy, and spent most of his life in England. Born in Halle in the Duchy of Magdeburg, he settled in England in 1712, becoming a naturalised subject of the British crown on 22 January 1727.

Handel adopted the spelling "George Frideric Handel" on his naturalization as a British subject, and this spelling is generally used in English-speaking countries. The original form of his name (Georg Friedrich Händel) is generally used in Germany and elsewhere, but he is known as "Haendel" in France, which causes no small amount of grief to cataloguers everywhere.

The picture is of a carved marble statue of Handel, created for the Vauxhall Gardens in 1738 by Louis-François Roubiliac, and now preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Vauxhall Gardens was a pleasure garden, one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London, England from the mid 17th century to the mid 19th century.

[Extract from Wikipedia.]

Don't miss the City of Dunedin Choir's performance of Handel's Messiah on 8 December 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Dunedin Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now!

1 comment:

daharja said...

Ah! I'd wondered what the original picture had looked like before I'd got to it.

But then, Handel needed a bit of payback, don't you think?