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

Concerto in F Major for Harp & Strings
HWV 295
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 :F 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.

Handel's 14 authentic organ concertos fall into three "sets," the first comprising six concertos published by John Walsh in London in 1738 as Op. 4, the second including the unpublished Concertos in F, HWV 295, and D minor, HWV 304, while a third set consists of a further six concertos published posthumously in 1761 as Op. 7. Like the set of 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Handel composed all his organ concertos for theater performance at his oratorios, generally to coincide with the first night of a new work. The keyboard concerto was a relative novelty in Handel's day (but his concertos inspired numerous imitations among native composers), and Handel discovered that his renown as an organ virtuoso was an added and powerful draw to audiences in his oratorio seasons. The present Concerto in F, known in some editions as No. 13, was completed on April 2, 1739, and played by Handel two days later at the first performance of his oratorio Israel in Egypt, given at the King's Theatre, the London home of Italian opera. Like most of the organ concertos, it is scored for two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo in addition to solo organ. There are four movements. The first, a Larghetto, and the fourth, an Allegro, are based on movements from the Trio Sonata, Op. 5, No. 6, composed the previous year. Between these come an Allegro whose bird song motifs have given the concerto its nickname "Cuckoo and the Nightingale," and another Larghetto in siciliano rhythm. It seems that Handel originally intended to include an extemporized ad libitum movement of the kind that appears in many of the later published concertos, but subsequently changed his mind. Perhaps because of its nickname, and surely because of the engaging, charming, and vigorous music, the F major has become the most popular of Handel's organ concertos.

Source: Allmusic ( -f-major-cuckoo-the-nightingale-no13-hwv-295-mc00023871 68).

Although originally written for Pipe Organ and Baroque Orchestra, I created this Arrangement of the Concerto in F Major (HWV 295) for Concert (Pedal) Harp & Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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Sheet central :Organ Concerto in F major, 2nd Set No 1 (Concerto No. 13) (3 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2018-01-07

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