Essay on the Role of Faith in the Music of G. F. Handel

George Frideric Handel is often regarded to be the most influential composer of the Baroque era. This remarkable composer was born in Germany, though for the most part of his life lived in England where he also became a subject of the British Crown. Many may not know this, but George Frideric Handel had a strong influence on the emergence and then work of such well-known composers as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Furthermore, his work helped accelerating the transition from the Baroque era to the Classical era.

In my essay I would like to talk about one of the central themes in the life and work of George Frideric Handel, that is the topic of faith. The essay will be structured in the following way. To begin with I would like to introduce the reader to Handel’s style and most prominent works. Then, I would like to talk about his most famous piece is the Messiah that is an oratorio set to texts from the King James Bible. After talking about the piece I would try to further trace the connection of Handel’s faith and work. Finally, I will compare the styles and attitudes to faith of Handel and his famous counterpart Johan Sebastian Bach. Continue reading