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The Handel // Hendrix Mashup

  • What's On -09-Nov-2018

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)

Handel was a German, later British, Baroque composer who is well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos.

Born the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is widely regarded as a rock star in his field and one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era. His most famous works include as Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks, which have all graced the BBC Proms.

As well as these enduring classics, many composers wrote works based on, or inspired by Handel's music after his death. The most famous of these, is most likely Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.

Ultimately, the 74 years upon which Handel graced the Earth have resulted in a rich collection of music that not only helped define the Baroque era, but continues to inspire musicians today.

Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix, born Johnny Allen Hendrix, was a American guitarist, singer and songwriter, who is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music.

After a middling music career in the States, Jimi Hendrix shot to stardom in 1966 after arriving in the UK. Within months of arrival, Henrix landed three top ten hits with his band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hey Joe, Purple Haze, and The Wind Cries Mary paved the way for a triumphant return to the USA. His third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland, reached number one in the U.S. and was Hendrix's most commercially successful, and only number one album.

At the height of his fame, Hendrix was the world's highest paid performer and headlined Woodstock in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia at the age of 27.

The legacy of Jimi Hendrix is far-reaching within rock and pop music. He expanded the range and vocabulary of the electric guitar into areas no musician had ever tried before, inspiring all sorts of styles and artists as varied as Prince, Run-D.M.C and Marilyn Manson.

The Handel // Hendrix Mash Up Competition

We've teamed up with The Handel & Hendrix in London museum to give you the chance to experience a weekend of music, history and relaxation. And since we've partnered with a museum that mixes up two iconic, yet varied artists, it only seems right to blend Handel's inventiveness with Hendrix's eccentricity.

To be in with a chance of winning a stay at the Grange Langham Hotel and get a guided tour of Handel & Hendrix in London, simply listen to this iconic piece of music and tell us the name of the song and the instrument being used on our Facebook post here:
One correct answer will be picked at random to win a fantastic weekend of luxury and music.

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