Composer of the Week: George Frideric Handel
Handel and his Italian patrons
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.