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CHAP. II.

Goes to

London.

HISTORY OF PIANOFORTE MUSIC.

famous. He stayed in London only six months, as

his leave of absence had expired, but after his London

triumph, his life and work in Hanover no

longer contented him.

Early in 1712, he again obtained leave of absence,

and coming to London, he lingered far beyond the

time allowed him. This naturally offended his master,

the elector, and when that prince came to En-

gland as George I, Haendel thought it best to avoid

showing himself to the new monarch. However, it

was soon made up between them. The king ar-

ranged some festivity on the Thames, and one of

his suite advised Haendel to compose some music

for the occasion. This he did, and following the

king's barge, in a boat, with his band, he played it,

I was

greatly to his majesty's satisfaction. George

too good a judge of music to deprive himself longer

of the services of such a musician, so he not only

received him into favor, but granted him an an-

nuity of two hundred pounds.

The two years from 1716 to 1718 Haendel spent

with the king in Hanover. Then returning to England,

he became chapel-master to the Duke of Chandos, a

wealthy nobleman, who lived in a style of great

splendor. He remained in this post three years,

writing music for the English church service, and

harpsichord music for the daughters of the Prince

of Wales, who were his pupils. He also wrote here

his so-called " Serenata," "Ads and Galatea" and

"Esther," his first English oratorio. He had written

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