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The “Early Music” of Bach and Handel

Ruben Valenzuela, PhD

This presentation will compare these two famous contemporaries and Baroque masters. Bach and Handel were both German and both born in 1685. Bach followed the path of a church musician, Handel the theatre. Whereas Bach was the supreme Lutheran cantor, composer, and organist, Handel left his German roots in pursuit of a cosmopolitan career as a composer of operas and oratorios in Germany, Italy, and England. Examples from their music will illustrate how their locales influenced their compositions and, as a result, the remarkable differences between their music.

Instructor: Ruben Valenzuela holds a PhD in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University where his research focused on music of the Baroque in the Old and New World. He founded Bach Collegium San Diego (BCSD), an “early music” ensemble. As its director and keyboardist, he has led BCSD in numerous Southern California premieres of historically informed performances of instrumental and choral music from the Renaissance, early and high Baroque, and the early Classical period.

Coordinator: Jay Hansen

Course Number: OSHR-70092   Credit: 0 units


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