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Händel ad Infinitum

sun 10 may 2020
Theme: Early Music

Bach ad Infinitum from Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May focusses on Georg Friedrich Händel, the musical genius who was a contemporary of J.S. Bach. So it is Händel ad Infinitum for a week!

Händel and Bach were both born in the same year, 1685, with only one month between their birthdays. Another similarity is that they both chose to play the violin and the organ. However, Bach stayed in Germany for his whole life and primarily focussed on church music, whereas  Händel moved to England and also wrote Italian operas.
The two composers never met one another, although Bach did try to do this. Bach died in 1750, Händel lived longer and died in 1759.
Another difference, Bach came from a musical family, whereas Händel was the first member of his family with musical talent.

In the programmes, Govert Jan Bach talks about the similarities and differences between Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel. Govert Jan also wants to play some positive music during the uncertain times of the corona crisis.
The programmes will exclusively feature music by Händel, including extracts from his operas and the Dixit Dominus.

Broadcasts:

  • Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2020, 13.00 – 14.00 CET
  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 May 2020, 13.00 – 14.00 CET

 

Click here for the playlist for Monday 11 May.