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Georg Friedrich Händel 1685-1759

Along with Johann Sebastian Bach, that other great genius, Georg Friedrich Handel represents the ultimate in baroque musical achievement. He was born in Halle in 1685 and - unlike Bach - enjoyed an international career that took him first to Italy, then to England. Every year, Halle honours its most famous son with a prestigious international festival.

Stations in life:
Halle, Hamburg

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach 1710-1784

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest son, was born in Weimar in 1710. After disagreeing with the church authorities, he gave up his permanent duties as organist in Halle and chose instead to live in Berlin as a freelance musician "without commitments". His works are all in the pre-revolutionary spirit of Sturm und Drang (storm and stress).

Stations in life:
Weimar, Dresden, Halle

Bach - sights & sounds

Information and offers relating to places associated with the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach.