I suppose strictly speaking what I am offering today as my letter H reason to be cheerful is not Handel himself, but the music he composed.
However, let's not be picky. We wouldn't have one without the other so hooray for George Frideric Handel, who was born in Germany but spent most of his life in England where he cranked out music at a prodigious rate.
|George Frideric Handel and wig.|
I suspect I fall in the category of people who say: "I don't know much about (INSERT SUBJECT HERE), but I know what I like."
In this instance, I don't know much about Handel's music, but I know the bits I like, probably because they're the bits I have heard most often.
So rather than waffle on about what a great bloke Handel was I'm just going to offer some of his music. Bearing in mind that I didn't want to put up very lengthy pieces of music it was a bit of a toss up between the Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest. I chose Zadok because I think it is a more subtle demonstration of the power of the human voice.
The piece has been performed at every coronation of a British monarch since 1727 when it was first performed at the coronation of George II. This particular version is performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the AAM Choir and I think is quite wonderful. To anyone who is reading this and thinking "Oh no, religious music and it's for a boring old king or queen" all I would say is put that from your mind and surrender to the power of the piece.
Question: Do you like Handel's music? Would you have chosen Zadok the Priest or something completely different? Tell me in the comments.
* Portrait of Handel by Balthasar Denner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.