Friday, March 8, 2013

Baroque Music: Handel

This week we're continuing our exploration of baroque music with Georg Friederic Handel, famous German composer who wrote for the British Royal Court. The "Getting to Know the World's Composers" book George Handel tells his biography in an entertaining, kid-friendly manner.

My kids also loved the audio adventure by Classical Kids called Hallelujah, Handel, which we checked out from our local library. Bonus: all of the background music is his work! 

Here are a few more internet resources related to Handel:

Classics for Kids has some lovely short episodes about Handel and his music.

Making Music Fun has a free printable Handel word search for early elementary kids, and Super Coloring has a bust-style coloring page. This PDF from Arts Alive CA includes a biography, interesting cultural references for the period, and a great guide to Handel's major works. 

This unit would be fun to do around Christmas, in conjunction with listening to Handel's Messiah.

Have a great weekend, bookworms!