Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks

Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks

by Christopher Hogwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521836360

ISBN-13: 9780521836364

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This handbook covers Handel's best-known public music, the Water Music, written at the outset of his English career, and the Music for the Royal Fireworks, the last and largest of his orchestral creations. The genesis of these two orchestral suites is examined in its political as well as musical context; practical questions of performance style and interpretation are

Overview

This handbook covers Handel's best-known public music, the Water Music, written at the outset of his English career, and the Music for the Royal Fireworks, the last and largest of his orchestral creations. The genesis of these two orchestral suites is examined in its political as well as musical context; practical questions of performance style and interpretation are balanced by an enquiry into Handel's compositional processes, and the relationship of his other large-scale orchestral compositions, especially the Concerti a due cori, to these suites. Original source material is set alongside the most recent theories on Handel's character and working methods. In particular the problem of 'borrowings' is addressed with reference to most recent identifications of Handel's sources, together with the later presentation of these works in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an account of recordings, editions and a summary of performance questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521836364
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Series:
Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvi
Prefacevii
Credits and thanksx
A note on editions and abbreviationsxi
1The character of the man1
2Politics and power7
3Water Music17
4The 'indebtedness' of Handel48
5The Concerti a due cori60
6Politics and peace73
7Music for the Royal Fireworks98
8Handel in other hands120
9Performance parameters127
AppendixSources of shared material132
Notes135
Select bibliography143
Index147

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