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The Cambridge Companion to Handel

The Cambridge Companion to Handel

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Donald Burrows, John Butt, Carlo Vitali, William Weber, Judith Milhous, Robert D. Hume, H. Diack Johnstone, Lowell Lindgren, Ruth Smith, C. Steven LaRue, David Ross Hurley, Anthony Hicks, Graydon Beeks, Malcolm Boyd, Terence Best, Mark W. Stahura, Winton Dean
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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456135

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  • Handel is recognized as one of the principal creative figures in Baroque music. In this Companion acknowledged experts on Handel make their expertise accessible to the interested general reader and music lover. All the genres in which Handel composed are considered including oratorio, chamber cantata, opera, and church music, as well as works for the keyboard and orchestra. The wide-ranging essays cover topics from Handel's composing methods to his treatment of the Italian language and matters of performance practice.

    • Provides an accessible overview of the music and life of Handel
    • Covers all the major works and the minor repertoire as well
    • Contains informative illustrations and a full chronology of Handel and his time
    • Provides an accessible overview of the music and life of Handel
    • Handel is very popular with amateurs and music lovers
    • Many choral groups perform the Messiah over the Christmas period
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    '… condenses the current state of knowledge on various topics and the fruits of very recent research, some of it original and some of it now made available for the first time in English.' The Handel Institute Newsletter

    '… both scholarly yet eminently readable and, as such, it s a book that will undoubtedly have wide appeal to both musical scholars and the ordinary music lover … it places its subject firmly in historical context and gives us many (otherwise all too rare) glimpses into the mind of one of the truly great composers'. Scenario

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    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456135
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 45 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    Notes on contributors
    Preface
    Chronology
    Introduction Donald Burrows
    Part I. Background:
    1. Germany - education and apprenticeship John Butt
    2. Italy - political and musical contexts Carlo Vitali
    3. Handel's London - political, social and intellectual contexts William Weber
    4. Handel's London - the theatres Judith Milhous and Robert D. Hume
    5. Handel's London - British musicians and London concert life H. Diack Johnstone
    6. Handel's London - Italian musicians and librettists Lowell Lindgren
    7. Handel's London - Handel's English librettists Ruth Smith
    Part II. The Music:
    8. Handel and the aria C. Steven LaRue
    9. Handel's compositional process David Ross Hurley
    10. Handel and the idea of an oratorio Anthony Hicks
    11. Handel's sacred music Graydon Beeks
    12. Handel's chamber music Malcolm Boyd
    13. Handel as a concerto composer Donald Burrows
    14. Handel and the keyboard Terence Best
    Part III. The Music in Performance:
    15. Handel and the Italian language Terence Best
    16. Handel and the orchestra Mark W. Stahura
    17. Production style in Handel's operas Winton Dean
    18. Handel's oratorio performances Donald Burrows
    Bibliographical note
    Notes
    List of Handel's works
    Index.

  • Editor

    Donald Burrows, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    Contributors

    Donald Burrows, John Butt, Carlo Vitali, William Weber, Judith Milhous, Robert D. Hume, H. Diack Johnstone, Lowell Lindgren, Ruth Smith, C. Steven LaRue, David Ross Hurley, Anthony Hicks, Graydon Beeks, Malcolm Boyd, Terence Best, Mark W. Stahura, Winton Dean

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