Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Johann Mattheson (28 September 1681 â€“ 17 April 1764) was a German composer, writer, lexicographer, diplomat and music theorist. Johann Mattheson Mattheson was born and died in Hamburg. He was a close friend of George Frideric Handel, although he nearly killed him in a sudden quarrel, during a performance of Mattheson''s opera Cleopatra in 1704. Handel was saved only by a large button which turned aside Mattheson''s sword. The two were afterwards reconciled.
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