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The Cambridge companion to Handel
Burrows, Donald, 1945-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xvi, 349 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Background -- The music -- The music in performance.
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Central Library ML410.H13 C2 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Introduction Donald Burrows
Part 1 Background
1 Germany - education and apprenticeshipJohn Butt
2 Italy - political and musical contextsCarlo Vitali
3 HandelâÇÖs London - political, social and intellectual contextsWilliam Weber
4 HandelâÇÖs London - the theatresJudith Milhous and Robert D. Hume
5 HandelâÇÖs London - British musicians and London concert lifeH. Diack Johnstone
6 HandelâÇÖs London - Italian musicians and librettistsLowell Lindgren
7 HandelâÇÖs London - HandelâÇÖs English librettistsRuth Smith
Part 2 The Music
8 Handel and the ariaC. Steven LaRue
9 HandelâÇÖs compositional processDavid Ross Hurley
10 Handel and the idea of an oratorioAnthony Hicks
11 HandelâÇÖs sacred musicGraydon Beeks
12 HandelâÇÖs chamber musicMalcolm Boyd
13 Handel as a concerto composerDonald Burrows
14 Handel and the keyboardTerence Best
Part 3 The Music in Performance
15 Handel and the Italian languageTerence Best
16 Handel and the orchestraMark W. Stahura
17 Production style in HandelâÇÖs operasWinton Dean
18 HandelâÇÖs oratorio performancesDonald Burrows
Bibliographical note
List of Handel's works

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