George Frederic Handel February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759).
When Handel first came to England from his native Germany at the invitation of King George II, he enjoyed a period of public popularity and court favor. But he refused to accept a gradual disinterest in Italian opera.
His problems were compounded by the nobles, who sided with Frederic, Prince of Wales, in disliking him and by those who could not tolerate, the new Hanoverian royal line.
Finally, his violent temper and haughty demeanor alienated many of those who had been his friends and admirers.
Ruined professionally, with creditors at his heels and near the breaking point both physically and mentally Handel experienced one crushing blow in a public confrontation with the prince at Vauxhall, where some time earlier, he had had the honor of seeing a statue erected to his fame.
The composer then disappeared and, in a period of three weeks of complete seclusion, composed the oratorio which was to bring him lasting fame.
Princess Caroline: Lady, for this, may all thy sins be forgiven. Your singing is indeed the cry of angels.
A Cry of Angels is based on actual events which took place in 18th Century London, which warmly reflects the true spirit of Christmas.
The monumental sacred oratorio, which has Biblical quotations for its libretto and tells the story of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, takes three hours to play is condensed into an hour here took Handel 21 days to score the entire composition.