Hallmark Hall Of Fame

Season 13 Episode 2

A Cry of Angels

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1963 on CBS

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    • 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.

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