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Handel
as in:  George Frideric Handel


Each year during the Christmas season, thousands of people join at the Music Center to sing Handel’s Messiah.
  British baroque composer (born in Germany) remembered best for his oratorio Messiah (1685-1759)
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Handel George Frideric Handel
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  • Each year during the Christmas season, thousands of people join at the Music Center to sing Handel’s Messiah.
  • Just as he did so, the regal, celebrant strains of Handel’s Water Music shimmered down the stairs from Sophie’s room.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Would you mind Handel for a familiar name?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Her records, Grieg, Handel, the Beatles, Art Garfunkel, Bach, Liszt, thrown everywhere.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • "I know not what you call my bass," said Heyward, piqued at her remark, "but I know that your safety, and that of Cora, is far dearer to me than could be any orchestra of Handel’s music."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Handel.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • " Their baby voices shrilled out in Handel’s "Largo" and they knew it merely by the title of "Hymn.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Ecod, he saws away at Mozart and Handel and the rest of the big-wigs like a thorough workman.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Beethoven was in a sense a ’free’ artist—unlike the Baroque masters such as Bach and Handel, who composed their works to the glory of God, mostly in strict musical forms.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • First some Handel was played, noble and lovely music.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf

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  • The school was on Hunter Street, but we students lived in quarters on Handel Street, where we had our own rooms.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • But those other things—you’re right, ma’am,—there ain’t much—Robinson Crusoe and the Bible; and Handel’s Largo, we all know that; and Whistler’s Mother—those are just about as far as we go.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • She played Lentement—a movement from the Suite in D/G of Handel’s Water Music.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • Overhead, Handel’s March swelled pompously through the imitation stone vaulting, carrying on its waves the faded drift of the many weddings at which, with cheerful indifference, he had stood on the same chancel step watching other brides float up the nave toward other bridegrooms.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • So charming may she now appear! and you the feathered choristers of nature, whose sweetest notes not even Handel can excell, tune your melodious throats to celebrate her appearance.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She sang Handel and Haydn to the family of evenings, and engaged in a large piece of worsted work, as if she had been born to the business and as if this kind of life was to continue with her until she should sink to the grave in a polite old age, leaving regrets and a great quantity of consols behind her—as if there were not cares and duns, schemes, shifts, and poverty waiting outside the park gates, to pounce upon her when she issued into the world again.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And Svensk Handel has also gotten into the game.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • We’d gone to hear Handel’s Messiah together one Christmas at the Kennedy Center.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Darwin has no more destroyed the style of Job nor of Handel than Martin Luther destroyed the style of Giotto.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The girl with the face of a tapir played Handel’s Largo on the violin, accompanied on the piano by the man from Mannheim.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A performance of Handel’s ’Messiah at Westminster Abbey was "sublime beyond description," she wrote to Jefferson.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • At the opposite end of the building a five-thousand-voice choir sang Handel’s "Hallelujah" chorus to the accompaniment of five hundred musicians.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • (His favorite composer was Handel, but he adored also the music of Bach and in 1764 had taken tremendous delight in hearing the boy Mozart perform on the organ.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • ) I hear the annual singing of the children in St. Paul’s cathedral, Or, under the high roof of some colossal hall, the symphonies, oratorios of Beethoven, Handel, or Haydn, The Creation in billows of godhood laves me.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • After the Handel came a little symphony by Friedemann Bach, and I saw with surprise how after a few bars my stranger began to smile and abandon himself to the music.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • The Handel.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • If I had had a magic wand at this moment I should have conjured up a small and charming Louis Seize music room where a few musicians would have played me two or three pieces of Handel and Mozart.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • His daughter, though she was a perfect mistress of music, and would never willingly have played any but Handel’s, was so devoted to her father’s pleasure, that she learnt all those tunes to oblige him.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Svensk Handel had brought in a man from Thailand who was selling toilets for 500 kronor apiece.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Then she thought of Margaret Kochamma and the languid, liquid notes of Handel’s music grew shrill and angry.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Now, I come to the cruel part of the story,—merely breaking off, my dear Handel, to remark that a dinner-napkin will not go into a tumbler.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And now, Handel," said he, finally throwing off the story as it were, "there is a perfectly open understanding between us.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "You don’t mind them, Handel?" said Herbert.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "My dear Handel," he returned, "I shall esteem and respect your confidence."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She is thousands of miles away, from me," said I. "Patience, my dear Handel: time enough, time enough.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Now, Handel, I am quite free from the flavor of sour grapes, upon my soul and honor!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Gravely, Handel, for the subject is grave enough, you know how it is as well as I do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "They are mounting up, Handel," Herbert would say; "upon my life, they are mounting up."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • So I would, Handel, only they are staring me out of countenance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "It’s for you, Handel," said Herbert, going out and coming back with it, "and I hope there is nothing the matter."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "You can’t try, Handel?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He had become distracted, restless, and he got up and fiddled with the phonograph records, replaced the Handel with Vivaldi again, in obvious turmoil gulped a glass of water, sat down and drummed his fingers against his pants leg in rhythm to the celebrant horns.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was Mr Western’s custom every afternoon, as soon as he was drunk, to hear his daughter play on the harpsichord; for he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions of Mr Handel.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "Then, my dear Handel," said he, turning round as the door opened, "here is the dinner, and I must beg of you to take the top of the table, because the dinner is of your providing."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Good by, Handel!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I never saw him (for this happened five-and-twenty years ago, before you and I were, Handel), but I have heard my father mention that he was a showy man, and the kind of man for the purpose.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "For," says Herbert to me, coming home to dinner on one of those special occasions, "I find the truth to be, Handel, that an opening won’t come to one, but one must go to it,—so I have been."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • Let me introduce the topic, Handel, by mentioning that in London it is not the custom to put the knife in the mouth,—for fear of accidents,—and that while the fork is reserved for that use, it is not put further in than necessary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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