The Cambridge Companion to Handel

The Cambridge Companion to Handel

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Handel is recognised 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, specially-commissioned essays cover topics from Handel's composing methods to his treatment of the Italian language and matters of performance practice. The background to Handel's musical career is a major theme of the volume. The opening chapters deal with his musical education in Germany and the circumstances in Italy during his time there. Most of Handel's career was based in London and important topics here include contemporary concert life and theatre management, the British and Italian musicians among whom he worked, and the librettists for the English oratorios.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 12 b/w illus. 45 music examples
  • 1139796615
  • 9781139796613

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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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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.
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