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QUIZ: Can you name the facts about Georg Friedrich Händel (aka George Frideric Handel)?

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Händel was a composer of this period of classical music
He was born in this year
The same year as this other great German composer he never met
Händel was born in this town
This organist of his home town's Marienkirche became his first teacher, after Duke Johann Adolf I. convinced Händel's father to allow his son to take music lessons
In 1701 this famous German composer went to visit 'the already important Händel' and both became friends for life
In 1702, following his father's wishes, Händel started studying this subject
He became unsatisfied and in 1703 accepted a position as violinist and harpsichordist in the orchestra of the Oper am Gänsemarkt in this town
He probably was invited by this composer who had a big influence on Händel's development
In 1703 Händel travelled to Lübeck, but didn't apply for the succession of this composer, because he would have needed to marry the composer's daughter
One year later he had an argument on the opera stage that led to a duel with this composer
In 1705 Händel wrote his first opera; which is known by this title
One year later he travelled to this country
There he met this composer with whom he had a small argument about a French ouverture
And there Händel got this nickname
When this composer heard the masked Händel play the cembalo, he said 'That's either the famous Saxon or the devil'
In Italy, Händel composed two operas, in 1707 Rodrigo and in 1709 this one
Because operas were forbidden in the Church State, Händel wrote two oratorios there, La Resurrezione and this work, for which Cardinal Panfili wrote the libretto
He also composed this psalm setting that uses the Latin text of Psalm 110
As a reaction to Händel's successes in Italy, in 1709, he got an invitation from this German prince who later became King of Great Britain and Ireland
Händel followed the invitation in 1710 and went to this town
In 1711 he had his first big success in England with this opera
It was based on La Gerusalemme Liberata by this Italian poet
It contains one of Händel's favourite arias, Cara sposa, amante cara, and this famous aria
On behalf of the King, Händel composed this music that was first played in 1717 on the Thames for the King and his guests
In 1717 he became house composer at Cannons and wrote this most performed work of his lifetime
In 1719 Händel went to Dresden to hire singers for his operas, the most famous of them was this star castrato
During twelve months between 1724 and 1725, Händel wrote three outstanding and successful operas, Tamerlano, Rodelinda and first of all this one
For all of those three operas, this Italian wrote the libretti
In 1727 Händel was commissioned to write four anthems for the Coronation ceremony of King George II; amongst them this one that has been played at every British coronation since
In the first half of the 1730's, he composed the operas Orlando, Ariodante and Alcina; they are all based on the poem Orlando Furioso by this poet
In April 1737 Händel suffered a stroke which disabled the use of four fingers on his right hand; to aid his recovery, he travelled to this spa in Germany
This opening aria of his 1738 premiered opera Serse, sung by the titular character to a tree, is set to one of Händel’s best-known melodies
In 1741 Händel composed this oratorio to benefit the Foundling Hospital
In 1749 he composed this wind band suite to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle
In August 1750, on a journey back from Germany to London, Händel was seriously injured in a ___
A cataract which was operated on by the charlatan Chevalier Taylor in 1751 caused a failure of one of Händel's ___
Händel died in London on a Holy Saturday in this year
And was buried in this place
Händel married ___ times and had ___ children

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