Handel and the English Chapel Royal

Overview

This is the first full-length study of Handel's English Church music. As well as dealing with the many aspects of the compositions themselves, it traces the background to the diverse items in the repertory, which relates directly to Handel's constant but changing relationship with the Hanoverian British royal family, and was affected by political and dynastic events. It also examines the circumstances of Handel's performances, including the buildings which (unlike his theatres) ...
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Overview

This is the first full-length study of Handel's English Church music. As well as dealing with the many aspects of the compositions themselves, it traces the background to the diverse items in the repertory, which relates directly to Handel's constant but changing relationship with the Hanoverian British royal family, and was affected by political and dynastic events. It also examines the circumstances of Handel's performances, including the buildings which (unlike his theatres) still survive in London today.
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"Burrows provides us with an exhaustively researched and invaluable resource."--David Hunter, Eighteenth-Century Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199550968
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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