Born in Halle, February 23, 1685;
died in London, April 14, 1759
George Friedric Handel was a German-born Baroque classical music composer responsible for many concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. He spent a majority of his life in Great Britain, becoming a British citizen in 1727. His most famous piece is Messiah a memorable oratorio composed around stories found within the King James Bible. He is also known for the famous Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He set the stage for many masterful composers that came after him, including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and his innovations on musical style helped bring about the switch from Baroque to purely Classical music.