1685 Born on February 23rd in Halle an der Saale
ca. 1695 His father - although objected to the profession of Georg Friedrich as a musician - apprentices him to the organist and composer Fr. Zachow
With Zachow Handel studys composition, harpsichord and organ and he learns the fundamentals of violin playing
first compositions (?): cantatas or sacred concertos
1697 Journey to Berlin (in his father's company, the date of the journey is unsure: Handel possibly visited Berlin twice in 1697 and in 1702)
Elector Friedrich III suggests to send Georg Friedrich to Italy for further study. This is rejected by Handel's father
1697 Death of Handel's father
1701 First encounter with Telemann
1702 Enrolment at the university of Halle. Shortly afterwards Handel is appointed as organist at the reformed Dom and Castle Church on the recommendation of Zachow.
1703 Following his probation period Handel travels to Hamburg
Encounter with Mattheson
In August Handel and Mattheson travel to Lubeck as they are both interested to succeed Buxtehude at the Marienkirche. The terms however do not suit them.
Afterwards Handel is employed in the orchestra of the Gänsemarkt-Oper directed by Reinhard Keiser
1704 Closing of the Gänsemarkt-Oper. Handel earns his living by giving lessons.
1705 The first two Handel operas are premiered: Almira, Königin von Kastilien HWV 1 and Die durch Blut und Mord erlangte Liebe oder: Nero HWV 2. Almira is quite successful, but Nero is cancelled after only three performances.
1706 Possibly on the invitation of the Prince F. de Medici Handel travels to Italy
1707 Via Venice and Florence Handel arrives in Rome. He quickly establishes himself as a virtuoso and gets numerous requests for compositions. He also makes the acquaintance of Corelli.
1709 Handel's opera Agrippina HWV 6 is premiered in Venice
1710 Handel is invited by the court of Hanover where in the very same year he is appointed bandmaster. First journey to England.
1711 first opera for London: Rinaldo HWV 7a (staged at the Haymarket Theatre)
1712 second journey to London. Operas Il Pastor fido HWV 8a and Teseo HWV 9 (staged at the Haymarket Theatre)
1713 Handel settles in London
1715/1716 unsuccessful application for an employment as cantor in Hamburg (?) with the passion Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus HWV 48 on a text by B. H. Brockes.
1716 Journey to Germany attendant the King Reise nach Deutschland im Gefolge des Königs.
1717 The Haymarket Theatre is closed.
1717/1718 stays in Cannons with James Brydges, the Earl of Carnaravon. Composition of Anthems, formerly known as Chandos Anthems
1719 In May founding of the Royal Academy of Music. Handel is appointed director and leaves immediately to Germany to contract singers for the new company. In November Handel returns to England.
1720 The opening of the Royal Academy of Music is celebrated with to operas, one of which is Radamisto HWV 12. Handel obtains the exclusive right to print his works for 14 years. The first works to appear in print are the Pieces pour le Clavecin HWV 426-433.
1720-1727 Handel composes several operas for the Royal Academy, among them
1721 Floridante HWV 14
1723 Ottone HWV 15, Flavio HWV 16. Handel rents a house in Lower Brook Street, which he inhabits until his death.
Composition of Giulio Cesare HWV 17
1724/1725 Tamerlano HWV 18, Rodelinda HWV 19
1725/1726 Scipione HWV 20
1727 Upon his request Handel achieves the English citizenship
1728 The Royal Academy of Music is closed due to financial problems and the success of the Beggar's Opera
1729 The production of Italian operas is announced to be continued for five more years at the Haymarket Theatre. To contract singers Handel travels to Italy.
1729-1734 Performances of Handel operas and oratorios in the academies at the Haymarket Theatre, among them
1729/1730 Lotario HWV 26, Partenope HWV 27
1731/1732 Sosarme HWV 30, das Oratorium Esther (HWV 50a and in a revised version HWV 50b)
1732/1733 Orlando HWV 31, Oratorium Deborah HWV 51
1734 Arianna in Creta HWV 32. Handel's contract with the Haymarket Theatre's carrier Heidegger runs out. Handel changes to the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden
1734-1741 Handel is less and less successful although numerous newly composed operas. His health suffers from the efforts of composing and performing.
1735 For the first time Handel plays an organ concerto (HWV 293) within the performance of one of his oratorios (Athalia HWV 52, 1734)
1741 The last Italian Operas by Handel, Imeneo HWV 41 und Deidamia HWV 42, are premiered. The hostility against Handel increases. From now on Handel concentrates on the composition and performance of oratorios.
1741-1742 Journey to Dublin, for which Handel composes Messiah HWV56. The sojourn in Ireland becomes a satisfaction for Handel.
from 1743 on after returning to London Handel regularly performs new oratorios (Samson HWV 57, The Story of Semele HWV 58, Joseph and his brethren HWV 59 as well as Messiah)
1746 Handel is appointed honorary member of the Correspondierenden Societät der musikalischen Wissenschaften in Leipzig, one year before Bach also joins the Societät
1747 Judas Maccabaeus HWV 63, Joshua HWV 64, Concerto a due cori HWV 333
1749 Handel is advised by King Georg II to supply a festive music. The rehearsal of the Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351 was attended by approx. 12.000 people.
1750 Last journey to Germany and the Netherlands (from August to December)
1751-53 His eye-sight dwindles, which finally leads to complete blindness of Handel. In spite of frail health Handel still plays his own organ concertos and attends performances of his oratorios.
1758 Handel undergoes eye surgery by John Taylor (who operated Bach before) but without any success.
1759 Georg Friedrich Händel dies on April 14th in London