Today is the anniversary of George Frideric Handel's birth. Another of my favorites, I have admired his music for many years and even wrote an essay, Der English Musik Maker, about him as a senior in high school. His music, from opera to oratorio to organ, is a delight to hear and play, as I also did in high school as a young oboist, learning his oboe sonatas. I still play his music for piano with my favorite, his famous variations known as The Harmonious Blacksmith. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy his music in concert halls and homes enriching our lives.