Quick, Quick with a “Minuet in B Minor”
Minuet In B Minor is one of the piano compositions written and composed by George Frideric Handel (1726–1728).
The word “minuet” can refer to two things. Minuet, as a piano composition, refers to a piece played to go with a social dance by two persons during the 18th century. Likewise, it is also a term that describes the actual dance. Many 18th-century composers wrote pieces for instruments to be played while the women learn these compositions to play them. Also, noble people of the 18th century were taught to dance the minuet.
Minutes as a composition favors the piano since it can provide the right rhythm, space, and pacing. In a performance, the pacing of a minuet in the composition is slower to compliments the dancer’s steps. As a standalone piece, a minuet can be performed in faster pacing. Minuets are short. They do not need to take a lot of time to perform minuet as composition and dance.
George Frideric Handel (1726–1728) is one of the giants in music, then and now. This composer stands with the likes of music legends and composers Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. The first three composers are regarded as the scions of classical music and share the same country: Germany. Handel was born in Halle-upon-Saale, situated in the Duchy of Magdeburg inside Brandenburg, Germany. He later became a British subject when he moved from Germany to the United Kingdom to serve under George I, the first Hanoverian king.
From his move to his death, Handel was at the beck and call of royalty. He composed masterpieces including the Water Music, Zadok the Priest (a favorite British coronation theme), Music for the Royal Fireworks, and the infamous Messiah.
Handel suffered blindness from a cataract, which was complicated by a carriage accident during his travels in Europe. In 1752, he was completely blind. Seven years later (1759), he died at his home in Brook Street, at age 74. He was buried in Westminster Abbey with full state honors.