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Georg Händel

German: Georg Händel, (Vater)
Birthplace: Halle a.d. Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt
Death: February 11, 1697 (74)
Halle a.d. Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt
Place of Burial: Stadtgottesacher Familiengrab
Immediate Family:

Son of Valentin Händel and Anna Beichling
Husband of Anna Kathe and Dorothea Elisabeth Händel
Father of Sophia Rosina Händel; Gottfried Händel; Karl Händel; Anna Barbara Barbara Händel; Dorothea Elisabet Elisabeth Händel and 4 others
Brother of Gottfried Handel; Samuel Handel; Barbara Handel; Christoph Handel and Valentin Handel

Occupation: Hofchirurg und Diener des wettinischen Herzogs Johann Adolf I. im Herzogtum Sachsen-Weißenfels
Managed by: Yigal Burstein
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About Georg Händel

Georg Händel (Halle, Archbishopric of Magdeburg, 24 September 1622 – Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, 11 February 1697) was a barber-surgeon and the father of Georg Frideric Handel. As a young man he had to stop attending grammar school when his father Valentin died (1636) and had to give up his aspirations to become a lawyer. It is very unlikely he ever succeeded in finishing a medical study and without a degree he was not allowed to call himself a physician.

In 1643, he married Anna Kathe, a widow 12 years his senior. They had 6 children: Dorothea Elisabet, Gottfried, Christoph, Anna Barbara, Karl, and Sophia Rosina. The couple lived in a village called Neumarkt, south of Saalkreis. Around 1657 he was appointed by August, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels as his surgeon. In 1666 he bought a tavern The Yellow Deer. In 1672 he was given a license to serve wine, and also owned a vineyard outside the city walls. His wife died in 1682; the next year he married Dorothea Taust (1651–1730), the daughter of a Lutheran pastor in Giebichenstein. In 1685 George Friedrich Handel was born, followed by sisters Dorothea Sophia in 1687 and Johanna Christiana in 1690 (she died in 1709).

According to John Mainwaring, Handel's first biographer, "Handel had discovered such a strong propensity to Music, that his father who always intended him for the study of the Civil Law, had reason to be alarmed. He strictly forbad him to meddle with any musical instrument but Handel found means to get a little clavichord privately convey'd to a room at the top of the house. To this room he constantly stole when the family was asleep". One day Handel and his father went on a trip to Weissenfels to visit either his son (Handel's half-brother) Karl, or grandson (Handel's nephew) Georg Christian who was serving as a valet to Duke Johann Adolf I. According to legend, the young Handel attracted the attention of the Duke with his playing on the church organ. At his urging, Handel's father permitted him to take lessons in musical composition and keyboard technique from Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, the organist of the Lutheran Marienkirche.

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Georg Händel's Timeline

September 24, 1622
April 14, 1645
Age 22
Neumarkt, Germanu
August 30, 1646
Age 23
Neumarkt, Germanu
September 30, 1649
Age 27
Neumarkt, Germanu
April 11, 1652
Age 29
Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt
February 23, 1685
Age 62
Halle, Magdeburg, Germany
October 8, 1687
Age 65
February 11, 1697
Age 74