Seven Sonatas for Flute & Piano by Georg Friedrich Händel
During his lifetime, Georg Friedrich Händel composed nearly 30 oratorios and close to 50 operas. At least 30 of those operas were written for the Royal Academy of Music, London’s very first Italian opera company. He was also a prolific writer of orchestral pieces and concerti grossi. He is said to have made significant contributions to all of the musical genres of his generation. His most renowned work is the oratorio Messiah, written in 1741 and first performed in Dublin in 1742.
It isn't possible to say exactly how many flute sonatas Händel composed, but the number is somewhere between none and eight. There are many reasons for the confusion: some of the sonatas were originally written for other instruments, some have uncertain authenticity, some contain borrowing from other Handel works, and some were published without Handel's knowledge.