Composer of the Week: George Frideric Handel

Handel and his Italian patrons

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, March 4, 2013 - 12:00

 

As Radio 3’s Baroque Spring gets underway the Composer of the Week is George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), the first of four much-loved Baroque figures to be celebrated as part of the season.

Despite his Saxon origins, the composer has been widely adopted as an English treasure. But before he even set foot on British soil, he spent three years in Italy mixing with the most influential patrons of the day to ensure the wide dissemination of his music.

Throughout the week Donald Macleod will explore Handel’s experiences in Italy at a turbulent time for the region; it was amidst disturbances from the War of the Spanish Succession that Handel completed some of his finest early works.