The Cambridge Companion to Handel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Handel

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Overview

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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'... 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139815369
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
Introduction 1
Pt. I Background
1 Germany - education and apprenticeship 11
2 Italy - political and musical contexts 24
3 Handel's London - political, social and intellectual contexts 45
4 Handel's London - the theatres Judith Milhous 55
5 Handel's London - British musicians and London concert life 64
6 Handel's London - Italian musicians and librettists 78
7 Handel's English librettists 92
Pt. II The music
8 Handel and the aria 111
9 Handel's compositional process 122
10 Handel and the idea of an oratorio 145
11 Handel's sacred music 164
12 Handel's chamber music 182
13 Handel as a concerto composer 193
14 Handel and the keyboard 208
Pt. III The music in performance
15 Handel and the Italian language 227
16 Handel and the orchestra 238
17 Production style in Handel's operas 249
18 Handel's oratorio performances 262
Bibliographical note 282
Notes 286
List of Handel's works 331
Index 338
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