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This is the first major study of Handel's English church music. It covers well-known works such as Zadok the Priest, but also introduces an engaging but little-known repertory. Handel's Chapel Royal music was the result of a close but changing relationship with Britain's Hanoverian royal family. The story of the political background is complemented by an investigation of the circumstances of Handel's performances.
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"Burrows provides us with an exhaustively researched and invaluable resource."--David Hunter, Eighteenth-Century Music

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Donald Burrows is also author of Handel (Master Musicians Series).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Chapel Royal before Handel's arrival in England : symphony anthems and thanksgivings 19
3 Handel and the English verse anthem : his first setting of As pants the hart, c.1712 42
4 Handel's music for the peace of Utrecht, 1713 75
5 Other Chapel Royal music from the first period, 1712-1714 114
6 Interlude, 1714-1719 138
7 The king's return : Handel's re-establishment at the Chapel Royal 167
8 New versions of As pants the hart 187
9 Other Chapel Royal music from the second period, 1722-1726 217
10 The new reign and the 1727 coronation 251
11 The Chapel Royal and Handel's oratorios 288
12 Princess Anne's wedding anthem, 1733-1734 309
13 Anthems for other royal family occasions : two weddings and a funeral 339
14 War and peace : commemorations in the 1740s 383
15 Epilogue 429
16 The London choirs 439
17 Orchestral accompaniment 468
18 Buildings 498
19 The Chapel's resources and Handel's music 530
App. A Handel's English church music 559
App. B Membership of the choirs of the Chapel Royal, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul's Cathedral, 1700-1760 561
App. C Handel's Chapel Royal soloists 576
App. D The British royal family, 1702-1760 595
App. E Thanksgiving services during Queen Anne's reign 598
App. F Special services during the reign of King George I 600
App. G Newspaper reports relating to Chapel Royal services in 1720 and 1721 604
App. H Chapel Royal services involving orchestral accompaniment during the reign of King George II 606
App. I Documents from the Lord Chamberlain's records relating to Handel and the Chapel Royal 608
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