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Handel was washed up – then came Messiah

March 8, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 2 Comments | Filed in: history, journalism.

Handel, who had lived in England for more than a quarter of a century. had never really ruled the operatic circles of London. It is too tough of a town for that. But the German-born musical genius had led his faction, and they loved him for it. By the mid-1730s, however, Handel had begun to lose his grip.