Georg Friederich Handel

Georg Friederich Handel

“[They] both assured me, that neither themselves, nor anyone else of their acquaintance, had ever before heard such extempore, or such premeditated playing, on that or any other instrument.”

Michael Christian Festing and Thomas Augustine Arne–who heard Handel improvise during a performance of the oratorio Athalia in Oxford in 1733.
Burney also mentions the improvisation of movements within the concertos, “an extempore fugue, a diapasonpiece, or an adagio.”

Oxford, Great Brittain
Sketch of the Life of Handel, p. 23
Charles Burney