George Frideric Handel's Interesting Facts

1 After his death, many composers wrote works based on or inspired by his music, including Louis Spohr, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mauro Giuliani, Johannes Brahms, Philippe Gaubert, Percy Grainger, and Arnold Schönberg.
2 A feast day is held in his honor every July 28th in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church, with Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell. Handel and Bach are also commemorated in the calendar of saints prepared by The Order of Saint Luke for the use of the United Methodist Church.
3 Friends with Georg Philipp Telemann, and often sent Telemann, an amateur botanist, "botanical curiosities" from London.
4 Thomas Beecham routinely re-orchestrated and edited Handel's music, believing it was the only way to make it acceptable to a modern audience.
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