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George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

Born February 23 1685 in Halle, Germany, he was christened "Georg Friederich Händel" but always signed his name "Georg Friedrich Händel". His father intended for him to go into law, but Händel studied music clandestinely and was eventually allowed to study under an organist. He achieved some success early on, and toured Italy in 1706. He briefly ... See full bio »


(age 74) in London, England, UK

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 2015 Benedictus (Short) (music by) (completed)
 2014 Alcina Pale Shadows (music: based on "Alcina") (completed)
 2022 Waiting for Legros (Short)
 2022 Handel: Saul (Video) (music)
 2021 Handel: Theodora (Video) (music)
 2021 Handel: Ariodante (Video) (music)
 2021 Handel: Rinaldo (Video) (music)
 2020 Handel: Semele (Video) (music)
 2020 The Reach (Short)
 2020 Sarabande (Short) (Sarabande)
  The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (TV Series) (music by - 3 episodes, 2011 - 2020) (music - 1 episode, 2012)
- Handel: Agrippina (2020) ... (music by)
- Handel: Giulio Cesare (2013) ... (music by)
- Handel: Rodelinda (2011) ... (music by - as Handel)
 2019 Handel's Messiah (TV Special)
  The Armchair Historian (TV Series documentary) (as George Handel - 1 episode, 2019) (as George Hansel - 1 episode, 2019)
- Why Were the Soviets Ineffective in 1941? (2019) ... (as George Handel)
- How did Napoleon Lose Waterloo? (2019) ... (as George Hansel)
 2019 Dvorak & Haydn (Video)
 2019 Waiting for Legros 2: The Eye of the Tiger (Short) (music by)
 2019 OperaVision (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Handel: Xerxes (2019) ... (music by)
 2018 National Theatre Live: The Madness of George III (selected music - uncredited)
 2018 Handel: Xerxes (Serse) (Video) (music)
 2018 Handel: Agrippina (Video) (music)
 2018 Semele (Video) (music)
 2018 Handel: Arminio (Video) (music)
 2017 Handel's Rodelinda (Video) (music)
 2016 Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (TV Movie) (music: Oratorio en deux partiesIn Two Parts - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2016 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (composer - 1 episode)
- Best of Enemies (2016) ... (composer: additional music)
 2016 Noncausal (Short) (composer: theme music)
 2015 Erro 505 (Short) (stock music)
 2015 Theodora, Oratorio en trois actes de Georg Friedrich Haendel (TV Movie) (music: Oratorio en trois actes - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2015 Handel: Saul (TV Movie)
 2015 Tamerlano de Haendel (TV Movie) (music by)
 2015 Alcina, Georg Friedrich Haendel (TV Movie) (music by)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 2015) (music by - 1 episode, 1993)
- The Sorceress (1993) ... (music by)
 2015 Alcina (TV Movie) (music by)
 2014 Handel: Rodelinda (Video) (music)
 2014 Ariodante (TV Movie) (music)
 2014 Gintberg på kanten (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Folkekirken (2014) ... (music - as Georg Friedrich Händel)
 2012 Ametist (Short) (music)
 2012 Sluts (Short)
 2012 Giulio Cesare in Egitto (TV Movie) (music by: Oper in 3 Akten von - as Georg Friedrich Händel)
 2012 Handel's Messiah at FBCG (Video) (music by)
 2012 Belief, Love, Death (music)
 2011 Handel: Orlando (Video) (music)
 2011 New World Symphony Wallcast Concert 11 (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2011 The Addams Family XXX (Video) (music by - as George Frederick Handel)
 2011 Rinaldo (Video) (music)
 2011 Zolushka (TV Movie) (music)
 2011 Maria XXX (music)
 2011 Jules César (TV Movie) (music by: opera: Giulio Cesare)
 2010/I Alcina (TV Movie) (music by: Opera in three acts - as Georg Friedirich Händel)
 2010 Hors-champ: Les Violette (Documentary short) (music)
 2010 Handel: Aci, Galatea E Polifemo (Video) (music)
 2010/II Alcina (TV Movie)
 2010 Handel-Halvorsen's Passacaglia (Video short) (music)
 2009 Admeto (TV Movie) (music by: Opera in three acts)
 2009 Theodora (TV Movie) (music: Oratorio in three parts, HWV 68)
 2009 Handel's Messiah Rocks (Video) (music: based on "Messiah")
 2009/I Messiah (TV Movie) (music by: Oratorio in three parts, HWV 56)
 2009 Acis and Galatea (TV Movie) (music by: Pastroal opera in two acts)
 2009/II Messiah (TV Movie) (music)
 2008 Concerts at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (TV Series) (music by - 1 episode)
- Haendel - Halvorsen Passacaille (2008) ... (music by - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2008 Ariodante: Opera in tre atti (Video) (music by - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2008 Belshazzar (TV Movie) (music: Oratorio en 3 actes - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2008 Lady's Night (Short) (music)
 2008 Tamerlano (TV Movie) (music by: Opera in three acts - as Georg Friedrich Händel)
 2007 Semele (TV Movie) (music by)
 2006 Admeto, re di Tessaglia (TV Movie) (music by)
 2006 Michelle Wright: Joy to the World (Music Video)
 2006 Orest (TV Movie) (music by)
 2006 Julius Caesar (Video) (music by)
 2005 Julius Caesar (TV Movie) (music by)
 2005 Hercules (TV Movie) (music: Drame musical en trois actes de - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 2005 Rodelinda (TV Movie) (music by)
 2004 Giulio Cesare (TV Movie) (music by: Opera in three acts)
 2004 Teseo (TV Movie) (music by)
 2004 Agrippina (Video) (music by - as Georg Friedrich Händel)
 2002 Prom at the Palace (TV Special documentary) (composer: additional music)
 2001 Tamerlano (TV Movie) (music by)
 2001 Rinaldo (TV Movie) (music by)
 2000 Alcina (TV Movie) (music by)
 1999 Messiah (Documentary) (music by)
 1999 The Einstein of Sex (music: "Ombra mai fu" from "Serse" - uncredited)
 1999 Semele (TV Movie) (music)
 1998 Rodelinda (TV Movie) (music by)
 1996 Ariodante (TV Movie) (music by)
 1996 Theodora (TV Movie) (music by)
 1994 The Madness of King George (music: from the works of - as G H Handel)
 1994 Himmelske Händel (TV Movie)
 1993 Orlando (TV Movie) (music by)
 1993 Retour au baroque (TV Series documentary) (composer: song "Conservate Radoppiate" - as Georg Friedrich Haendel) / (composer: song "Rejoyce" from oratorio "Messiah" - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 1990 Alcina (TV Movie) (music by - as Georg Friedrich Haendel)
 1990 Julius Caesar in Egypt (TV Movie) (music by)
 1988 Xerxes (TV Movie) (music by: "Serse")
 1987 84 Charing Cross Road (music: from "Messiah" - uncredited)
 1985 Agrippina (TV Movie) (music by)
 1985 Giulio Cesare (TV Movie) (music)
 1985 Giustino (TV Movie) (music by)
 1985 Live from the Proms (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Der Messias (1985)
 1984 Julius Caesar (TV Movie) (music by)
 1982 Messiah (TV Special) (music by)
 1982 Price/Horne Met Gala Concert (TV Special) (music: "Fermati" from "Rinaldo") / (music: "Vivi tiranno" from "Rodelinda")
 1980 Georg Friedrich Händels Auferstehung (TV Movie) (music)
 1978 Alcina (TV Movie) (music)
 1975 Picardie gothique (Documentary short) (music)
 1973 The Love Ban (music by - as Handel)
 1969 Omnibus (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- The More We Are Together (1969) ... (music - as George Frederic Handel)
 1968 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (based on music by - 1 episode)
- Stiff Upper Lip (1968) ... (based on music by - as Handel)
 1967 D'amour et de pierre (Documentary short) (music)
 1967 Prestige de la musique (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Teresa Berganza (1967) ... (music)
 1966 New Reports from France (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Chroniques de France N° 13 (1966) ... (music - segment "Concerto No. 3 for Organ")
 1966 Les grands maîtres de la musique (TV Series short) (soundtrack - 1 episode)
- Georg Friedrich Haendel (1966) ... (soundtrack)
 1964 Le miroir à trois faces: Werther (TV Movie) (music - version chorégraphique)
 1962 Of Stars and Men (Documentary) (as Handel)
 1961 À la rencontre de Georges Frédéric Hændel (Documentary short) (stock music)
 1961 Die schöne Stimme (TV Series) (stock music)
 1955 La pasión en Castilla (Short documentary) (composer: themes)
 1952 Un matrimonio alla moda (Documentary short) (music by)
 1952 His Excellency (the music mainly based on themes by - as Handel)
 1949 Choir Practice (TV Movie) (selected music - as Handel)
 1945 Pink String and Sealing Wax (songs by - as Handel)
 1944 Know Your Ally: Britain (Short) ("Hallelujah Chorus" - uncredited)
 1942 The Great Mr. Handel (music by: selected works - as Handel)
 1936 The Final Chord (composer: songs "Judas" and "Tochter Zion, freue Dich" from "Messiah")
 1935 The Little Chimney Sweep (Short) (music)
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Show Show Soundtrack (753 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

He was composer for the musical, "Orlando," in an American Repertory Theatre and American Stage premiere production at the Loeb Stage in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gratio Braccioli wrote the libretto after the Orlando Furioso by Ariosto. Peter Sellars was director. Craig Smith was music director. Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz was set ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Georg Friedrich Haendel | G H Handel | George Frederick Handel | George Frederic Handel | George Handel | Handel | George Hansel | Georg Friedirich Händel | Georg Friedrich Händel

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A feast day is held in his honor every July 28th in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church, with Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell. Handel and Bach are also commemorated in the calendar of saints prepared by The Order of Saint Luke for the use of the United Methodist Church. See more »

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