George Frideric Handel History Curriculum Guide
KINGS & QUEENS
- King George I was king of England from 1714 until his death in 1727. He wasn't English (he was German) and in fact, was disliked partly for the assumption by his subjects that he didn't even speak English (which, by the end of his reign, probably wasn't true).
ACTIVITIES & LINKS
- Learn more about King George with this brief biography and timeline.
- Here is a portrait of King George I
- Here's a middle school friendly site about British royalty
- Check out this word list from Enchanted Learning. All of these are related to castles, kings and queens. Choose ten that you don't know and look them up in the dictionary.
- Check out this website with king and queen paper dolls to print and create!
MUSICIANS IN HANDEL'S TIME
- Handel and his musicians performed on a barge floating down the River Thames (site includes history and pictures of the river). A barge, by definition, is "a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, especially on canals." (from www.dictionary.com) Here is a site that describes the different types of 18th and 19th century sailing vessels.
- Patronage in Handel's time was how many musicians made a living. It basically was a system of support and sponsorship by royalty, or by an organization such as a church. Musicians, composers, and painters, as well as other artists, were hired and then required to produce for the benefit of their employer.
- Discuss how this would affect the artistic culture in contrast to the practice of artists and musicians producing for their own enjoyment. What, in your opinion would be the pros and cons to each way of life?
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