Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 13 August 2016, 7pm

George Frederick Handel

Handel's most famous oratorio pops up among the coming week's classical music anniversaries.

Tonight, Alex James finds out why Handel ruffled his librettist's feathers around Messiah, and the reason why the composer decided to give its first performance in Dublin, instead of London.

Also in the musical calendar this week, the strange reason why Aaron Copland was fined for a bovine death.

There are birth anniversaries to mark, too, for composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and James Horner.

Classic FM Apps

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The Super Mario Brothers theme

The Super Mario Brothers theme in the style of Mozart and Shostakovich

Composer quotes quiz

Quiz: Can you complete the famous quote from each composer?

Mozart or Drake?

Quiz: Are you more like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Drake?