from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Handel, George Frideric 1685-1759. German-born composer whose works include the English oratorio Messiah (1742) and the orchestral Water Music (1717).

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  • n. the music of Handel
  • n. a prolific British baroque composer (born in Germany) remembered best for his oratorio Messiah (1685-1759)


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  • Handel is lucky that the AJC has decided, for whatever reason, not to do any close fact-checking on her campaign video.

    Once again, the Ox is gored - poli

  • Steffani favours short-form arias (rather than the long da capo kind familiar in Handel), which conjure extreme emotional intensity and slip easily between comic and tragic.

    Niobe, Regina di Tebe; Faust; The Makropulos Case; Fidelio

  • Beethoven said: “Handel is the greatest composer that ever lived.”

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  • Irony, regret, resignation — Handel is astonishingly good at this sort of thing.

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  • And no wonder Handel is at his best — something I think he never gets enough credit for — with the complicated characters of older women, usually powerful, but afraid of the passage of time.

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  • Throughout her career, Sutherland played a covetable string of some of the preeminent bel canto, female operatic roles from Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare to the title character in Delibe's Lakmé and from Suor Angelica in Puccini's short opera of the same name to Maguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots.

    Tribute To Opera Legend Dame Joan Sutherland In The Event Of Her Death At 83 (VIDEOS)

  • As you can imagine, with Versailles the setting, and the concerts serving as a big-time tourist attraction, the performances are going to be larger than life, and the fireworks that you may have seen in Handel or in Mahler or in the Ring in LA, will be as nothing to what will be going on during this 3-month classical music celebration of wine, women, men & song.

    Laurence Vittes: Clap Between Movements: LA, Pasadena & Versailles

  • I once saw Dessay sing while running backwards and holding a tray of drinks (in Handel's Alcina).

    I can totally see Angelina Jolie in that part, actually.

  • (Anthony Tommasini relates the famous story of her landing the role of Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, as much a Napoleonically deft flanking maneuver as a prima donna's ultimatum.)

    En elle tout séduit

  • Handel, an accolade to good sons by loving fathers, beautifully composed, simple, lyrical, a touching rich bass aria considered by Winton Dean to be "as beautiful as anything of its length (18 bars) in Handel's work."

    Talking About Virtue: Paisiello's 'Nina,' Paër's 'Agnese,' and the Sentimental Ethos


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