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From a German surname.
- A surname, from German; (music) used specifically of George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), a German-British Baroque composer.
- 2014 April 17, Tom Service, “Handel's Messiah: the sound of our better selves”, in The Guardian:
- Handel's masterpiece, Messiah, is one of the incontrovertible masterpieces of the Western canon, a work whose place in the musical life of the nation looks, with the benefit of hindsight, to have been assured since its first performance in 1742.
From handeln, later specialized to its current meaning.
Declension of Handel