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Handel & the Prince

George Frideric Handel was once asked by a member of the royal family what he thought of his playing of the violoncello: "Why, sir," Handel smartly replied, "your highness plays like a prince."

[When the same prince prevailed upon him to hear a minuet of his own composition, Handel politely listened. However, when the prince announced his intention to summon his band to accompany him for an encore, Handel promptly fled from the room.]

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