Cranleigh Arts Centre
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Sarah gave us a short introduction to Handel’s life from his birth in 1685 in Halle, and his periods of studying in Halle, Hamburg and Italy before coming to England. These she illustrated by slides of paintings and snippets of music from the Baroque period.
In Rome he played keyboard in operas and went on to
playing music in churches where he became very popular, particularly
with the clergy. He then spent time in Venice where he found that
lead soprano singers were eunuchs - no females at all. Slides
these men in very ornate costumes.
Sarah explained how he was unable to take “fools
gladly” and was very
bad tempered. He turned to oratorios in the early 1730s and these
very well received by the middle classes. His music was sung in
by English singers and was the first to use a Tenor in a lead role,
again illustrated with paintings and short pieces of music from his