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Haendel, Georg Friedrich Georg Friedrich Haendel
Germany Germany
(1685 - 1759)
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Haendel, Georg Friedrich: Concerto in Eb Major for Harp & Strings

Concerto in Eb Major for Harp & Strings
HWV 311 Op. 7 No. 6
Georg Friedrich Haendel

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Composer :Georg Friedrich HaendelHaendel, Georg Friedrich (1685 - 1759)
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Harp and String quartet

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Georg Friedrich HaendelMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Key :E♭ major
Copyright :Public Domain
George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (1685 – 1759) 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. Handel received important training in Halle and worked as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712; he became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.

Within fifteen years, Handel had started three commercial opera companies to supply the English nobility with Italian opera. Musicologist Winton Dean writes that his operas show that "Handel was not only a great composer; he was a dramatic genius of the first order." As Alexander's Feast (1736) was well received, Handel made a transition to English choral works. After his success with Messiah (1742) he never composed an Italian opera again. Almost blind, and having lived in England for nearly fifty years, he died in 1759, a respected and rich man. His funeral was given full state honours, and he was buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Born the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah remaining steadfastly popular. One of his four Coronation Anthems, Zadok the Priest (1727), composed for the coronation of George II, has been performed at every subsequent British coronation, traditionally during the sovereign's anointing. Another of his English oratorios, Solomon (1748), has also remained popular, with the Sinfonia that opens act 3 (known more commonly as "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba") featuring at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Handel composed more than forty operas in over thirty years, and since the late 1960s, with the revival of baroque music and historically informed musical performance, interest in Handel's operas has grown.

Only two movements of his Organ Concerto in Eb Major (HWV 311 Op. 7 No. 6) survive; they seem to have been written in 1746-1747, then revised in 1749 for performance during one of Handel's oratorios. The movements are based on an unfinished Sinfonia in B flat, so some performers interpolate that sinfonia's slow movement into the middle of this concerto. Other organists cull pieces from various other Handel works to fill the "gaps" the composer left. (He improvised these sections in performance and died before the concerto was ready for publication.) The initial movement is marked Pomposo, which aptly describes the opening orchestral bars. But the organist bursts in, throwing pomp and caution to the wind with rapid, noodling passagework. Through the first two-thirds of the movement, these antagonistic ideas alternate, but toward the end the orchestra picks up and takes possession of the organ's scurrying figure. The other surviving movement is an Air marked A tempo ordinario. It's a gentle, almost pastoral movement, the organ playing an entirely subsidiary, continuo-like role for the first two-thirds of the piece, then coming forward for only three fragmentary solo statements.

Source: Allmusic ( -b-flat-major-op7-6-hwv-311-mc0002369657).

Although originally written for Pipe Organ and Baroque Orchestra, I created this Arrangement of the Concerto in Eb Major (HWV 311 Op. 7 No. 6) for Concert (Pedal) Harp & Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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Sheet central :Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op 7 No 6 (2 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2018-01-10

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