George Frideric Handel
Facts your child might know:
1. Was born in Germany
2. from the Baroque period
3. lost his eyesight but was still able to play music
4. moved to Italy to learn about Opera, but when he went to England to perform them they couldn’t understand the language so he began writing Oratorios in English
He is the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel before his tomb.
— Ludwig van Beethoven, quoted in Percy M Young, Handel (1947)
Handel understands effect better than any of us — when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, quoted in Percy M Young, Handel (1947)