John Christopher Smith

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Alias: Johann Christoph Schmidt, John Christian Smith


Born: 1712

Died: 1795


He was Handel's assistant and is frequently confused with his father, also John Christopher, who was Handel's secretary, treasurer and principal copyist. A composer of operas and oratorios, the Grove assessment of him is that "Dwarfed by Handel's greatness, Smith's music had little chance for real success. His strongest work retains the style of his mentor, while his attempts at more modern idioms are, with some exceptions, generally less effective. Much of his music is indeed worthy of revival, particularly the opera The Fairies and individual arias, choruses and keyboard selections, but Smith's reputation rests today more on his association with Handel than on his musical accomplishments."

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