Georg Friedrich Händel was son of a barber, discovered as a 9-year-old prodigy by the royal court of Duke Johann Adolf and given a royal musical education. He never did learn to cut hair, and perhaps that’s why he wears a wig in the only surviving pictures of him.

Portrait of Handel, by Balthasar Denner (c. 1726–1728)

The Messiah was indeed a work of inspired genius, but only one of many dozens of Händel oratorios. Some of them aren’t bad. This is a chorus from Israel in Egypt.

Händel was born 23 Feb 1685.

The Crossing of The Red Sea by Nicolas Poussin

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