Handel: Who Knew What He Liked by M. T. Anderson. il Kevin Hawkes.
Candlewick Press: Cambridge, MA, 2001.

What a nice introductory biography of the musician and composer George Frideric Handel. The story is interesting with a few notes about musical vocabulary. Funny anecdotes from Handel's early life lead to his study of music and success. He moved to England to introduce his opera. For a while, it was a success, but when the British showed they preferred music in their own language, he changed his music to accomodate them, while maintaining his style. If he had given up instead, his Messiah, which is still performed every year, may not have been written.

There are notes at the back of the book for further reading and a list of music for listening.
related-George Frideric Handel, composers, operas, oratories, music as a profession or career, Messiah, Water Musick, Music for the Royal Fireworks
RL=2nd-4th, work better as an early reader than read aloud

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