February 23 – Handel’s Birthday

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George Frederic Handel: Keyboard Suite No.1 in B-flat, HWV 434: I. Prelude
Scarlatti and Handel were both keyboard superstars of their time, wowing audiences with their technical and improvisational skills. Once, they both attended a masquerade party, unaware of each other’s presence. Sitting at the harpsichord in a black mask was a man who played so extraordinarily that Scarlatti, looking on, exclaimed, “this must be the devil himself or that famous Saxon!” Well, he got it right the second time: it was Handel!

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