Composer of the Week: Handel

Donald Macleod explores the year 1749 in the life of Handel and presents the story behind the Music For The Royal Fireworks. 

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:00

By 1749 Handel had reached the height of his career. In the fifth Composer of the Week programme charting Handel's career,  Donald Macleod explores the Music For The Royal Fireworks. Hear an extract of the work in Leopold Stokowski's full orchestral arrangement, as well as a rare extract of incidental music composed by Handel to accompany Tobias Smollett's play Alceste.