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chapter 10

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Born to a German musical family
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Worked as a court musician, chamber musician, and church musician
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Mastered all Baroque forms and genres except opera
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Considered a genius at polyphonic composition and at improvisation
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Deeply religious (Lutheran) and inspired by his faith
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Was married twice and had 20 children
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Four of his children became well-known composers
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) • Bach was well-known throughout Germany during his lifetime, but did not become respected as a genius of composition until an international revival of his in the nineteenth century
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Born in Halle, Germany
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • His family was not musical – his father wanted him to study law
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Master of Italian opera and the English oratorio
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Composed, studied music, and gave organ lessons by the age of eleven
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Played violin and harpsichord, and became an important teacher and music director
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Known for his instrumental music, such as Music for the Royal Fireworks, and for his oratorio, Messiah
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • After Henry Purcell, Handel eventually became England’s most important composer
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) • Unlike Bach, Handel was internationally famous during his lifetime
Messiah (1741) • Composed in just 24 days, it is thought by many to be the finest example of English oratorio
Messiah (1741) • The premiere was in Dublin in 1742 and was a huge succes
Messiah (1741) • The first performance in London created some controversy due to the use of Christian text in a theatre setting
Messiah (1741) • After approximately ten years of annual performances at a benefit for a London orphanage, Messiah became popular in London and eventually achieved international popularity
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