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George Frederic Handel
A composer study by Katrina Lybbert

This study is planned to last 5 weeks.  The first week we read aloud the chapter on George Frederic Handel in Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh.  We then choose one musical composition by Handel to listen to during the week.  The selection can be played as background music during mealtimes.  We choose a different musical composition of this composer to listen to each week, and our five selections are listed below. We also read biographies, watch video recordings, listen to audio recordings, or research information about this composer on the internet, for the remaining 4 weeks of study.  Resource suggestions we have found and liked are listed below.


Music Selections for Listening

Week One

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Week Two

Solomon: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Week Three

The Water Music: Hornpipe

Week Four

Music for the Royal Fireworks

Week Five

Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest

Books to Read

Handel by Ann Rachlin (Famous Children)
Handel and the Famous Sword Swallower of Halle by Bryna Stevens
Handel Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson
Handel by Greta Cencetti (The World of Composers)
George Handel by Mike Venezia (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)

Audio Recordings

Hallelujah Handel (Classical Kids)
The Story of Handel in Words and Music (Music Masters Series)
Once Upon the Thames (Ann Rachlin's Classical Music and Stories)
Mr. Handel's Fireworks Party (Ann Rachlin's Classical Music and Stories)

Video Recordings

Handel's Last Chance (Devine Entertainment)

Internet Resources
Organ Composers: George Frederic Handel
Classical Music Pages: George Frideric Handel

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