Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah : A Celebration

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Richard Luckett, librarian at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and an acknowledged authority on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music, explores the background and composition of Messiah; the often stormy relations between Handel and his librettist, Charles Jennens; the colorful lives and personalities of the original soloists; and the circumstances of the first performance in Dublin, 1742, at which ladies were asked not to wear hoops or gentlemen their swords, so there would be more room. Luckett also gives the complex subsequent history of the work - its success in small towns and among humble people, its grand Victorian spectacle in Westminster Abbey, with thousands on stage and tens of thousands in the audience, and its "restoration" in the twentieth century.
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  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151384371
  • 9780151384372

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