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Biography of the composer. According to Wikipedia: 'George Frederic Handel (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759) was an English Baroque composer of German birth who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concerti grossi. Born as Georg Friedrich Händel in Halle, the native German spent most of his adult life in England, becoming a naturalized subject of the British crown on 22 January 1727. Perhaps the single word that best describes his life and music is 'cosmopolitan': he was a German composer, trained in Italy, who spent most of his life in England. His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Strongly influenced by the techniques of the great composers of the Italian Baroque era, as well as the English composer Henry Purcell, Handel's music became well-known to many composers, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.'