Handel and His Singers: The Creation of the Royal Academy Operas, 1720-1728 by C. Steven LaRue, Larue |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Handel and His Singers: The Creation of the Royal Academy Operas, 1720-1728

Handel and His Singers: The Creation of the Royal Academy Operas, 1720-1728

by C. Steven LaRue, Larue
     
 

From the early eighteenth-century until the present day, opera seria as practiced by Handel and his contemporaries has been the subject of satire and even derision for its dramatic artifice and virtuosic vocal displays. Close examination of Handel's autograph manuscripts, the libretti upon which they were based, and other contemporary documents reveal the extent to

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From the early eighteenth-century until the present day, opera seria as practiced by Handel and his contemporaries has been the subject of satire and even derision for its dramatic artifice and virtuosic vocal displays. Close examination of Handel's autograph manuscripts, the libretti upon which they were based, and other contemporary documents reveal the extent to which Handel was influenced by his singers and their abilities in creating his commercially successful and dramatically effective operas. Drawing on ideas and evidence from these sources, this study demonstrates the fact that Handel's singers were the single most important influence in his opera composition during his tenure as composer and music director of the Royal Academy of Music from 1719-28.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198163152
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1670L (what's this?)

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