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Donald Burrows

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737369.001.0001

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The First Decade, 1711–19

(p.79) Chapter Four London

Donald Burrows

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the first decade spent by George Frideric Handel in London where he became house composer for the Haymarket opera group and the Cannons house. However, before starting his work at Haymarket, Handel would first perform for the birthday celebration of Queen Anne. This immediately provided him with royal patronage. With the monarchy's support, Handel composed his first London opera, the Rinaldo. Two years later at 1713, Handel released two compositions that centred on British foreign peace policy, Eternal Source of Light Divine and ‘Utrecht’ Te Deum. These paved the way for his acceptance into the Queen's court, and by doing so, abandoning his post at Hanover. Issues emerged in 1715 as a result of the Jacobite rebellion, which affected royal patronage and would ultimately lead to the group's closing in 1717. The chapter concludes by describing Handel's work as house composer at the Cannons under the patronage of James Brydges.

Keywords:   George Frideric Handel, London, Haymarket opera group, Cannons, Queen Anne, James Brydges, Rinaldo, London opera, Eternal Source of Light Divine, Utrecht Te Deum

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