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JS Bach 1685-1750

Dedicated to the pythagorean belief in an ordered and harmonic universe as well as the
platonic notion that music was evidence of a divine order. He was completely subservient
to christianity but was somewhat of a maverick for his times.
Perhaps the 16th century equivalent of Sarah Palin?
Fredrick the Great tried to get him to go rogue but he refused.

 

He loved the powerful and found a way to import Italian opera for a demanding British nobility. Handel was there for both King Georges (I and II) composing major works to celebrate the latter's coronation and conquests. George II got an early start on killing Native Americans with his eponymous war against French colonialists in 1744. Handel helped celebrate victory with his Music For The Royal Fireworks.


George Frideric Handel 1685-1759

 


Antonio Vivaldi 1678-1741

The illegitimate daughters of Venetian nobility had an outstanding instructor in Vivaldi, who
taught violin and led ensembles at the Ospedale della Pieta "orphanage" for several years.
An ordained Catholic priest who wanted to kick the habit, his many patrons included a Rome
based cardinal as well as Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Charles enticed him to move to Vienna,
then promptly died leaving Vivaldi with no income. He followed shortly thereafter....

 

A darling of both Spanish and Portugese royalty , this child prodigy, with solid musical genes, became a Knight of the Order of Santiago in
1738. In Madrid, he became interested in Arabic folk music which influenced his mid period harpsichord sonatas. The beginning of a colonialist cultural practice, which reached fruition in the works of Elvis Presely some 200 years later.


Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757