G F HANDEL
Born in Halle, Germany he was organist of the Halle Cathedral
at age 17, studied law, and worked as a violinist and keyboard player in the
Hamburg opera orchestra. He was appointed to the court of the
Elector of Hanover in 1710, and later worked at the King's Theatre in London.
He received an annual salary of 200 pounds and lived in his London home for 36
years until his death in 1759.