Handel: The Man & His Music

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A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of Keates’ magisterial 1985 biography of one of the world’s favourite composers.

Though unquestionably one of the greatest and best-loved of all composers, George Frederic Handel (1685—1759) had received little attention from biographers before Jonathan Keates’ masterful Handel: The Man & His Music appeared in 1985.

Published to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death, this ...

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Overview

A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of Keates’ magisterial 1985 biography of one of the world’s favourite composers.

Though unquestionably one of the greatest and best-loved of all composers, George Frederic Handel (1685—1759) had received little attention from biographers before Jonathan Keates’ masterful Handel: The Man & His Music appeared in 1985.

Published to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death, this updated and expanded edition charts in detail Handel’s life from his youth in Germany, through his brilliantly successful Italian sojourn, to the opulence and squalor of Georgian London. Keates writes with sympathy and penetration about this extraordinary genius whose career abounded in reversals that would have crushed anyone with less resilience and willpower, but whose influence was to be deeply felt by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Interwoven with the account of Handel’s life are commentaries on all his major works as well as many less familiar pieces by this most inventive, expressive and captivating of composers.

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This portrait of the German composer interweaves biographical details with commentary on his immenseoeuvre. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845951153
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,450,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Keates is a prizewinning biographer and novelist, well known as a reviewer and as a writer on Italian culture and history.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition ix

Acknowledgements xi

List of Illustrations xiii

1 The Liberal Arts 1

2 Caro Sassone 21

3 Popery in Wit 49

4 Noble Oratories 76

5 A Nest of Nightingales 99

6 Discords in the State 131

7 Airs of a Modern Cast 168

8 Music, Ladies and Learning 195

9 The Fate of Harmony 220

10 All for War and Admiral Haddock 243

11 A British Sixpence 266

12 Brave Hallelujahs 286

13 Next to the Hooting of Owls 306

14 Overplied in Music's Cause 324

15 Great and Good 343

Notes 379

Bibliography 393

General Index 401

Index of Handel's Works 429

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