Handel House Harpsichords
A rather blunt and grumpy Handel looks back on his life and works. Handel is played by Trevor Howard. Period drama made in 1985 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Handel’s birth. I don’t know a lot about Handel’s personality and whether he is being accurately portrayed here or not. I like the style though- it is as though Handel is talking personally to you!
This has to be one of my dream jobs!
This is another BBC composers documentary. It explores Handel’s arrival in London and the pivotal role he played in bringing opera to London, and the great contribution he also made to choral works.
Handel was very generous and supported charitable causes; his Messiah helped fund the Foundling Hospital in 1750, which saved the lives of many impoverished orphaned babies.
His former home in London ( where he lived from 1723, until his passing in 1759) is now a beautiful museum:
I really hope I can visit it soon! Just look at that exquisite harpsichord on the home page!
Here is the first part of the documentary: