Handel: The Man & His Music

Handel: The Man & His Music

by Jonathan Keates
     
 

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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

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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 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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"Will still be valued in a hundred years' time . . . the book as a whole is an event."  —Spectator

"Quirky and colorful."  —Library Journal

"Has been skilfully updated in tribute to today’s thriving Handel industry through which the composer has risen."  —Herald

"Full of extremely penetrating, well-judged observations on both man and music."  —The Times

"Readers cannot go wrong if they choose Keates’s account, which is always thoughtful and well-informed, and simmers with an unashamed passion for the music itself."  —Sunday Telegraph

"Keates appraises his works with passionate scrutiny, capturing superbly the increasing solitude of Handel’s English years."  —Sunday Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This portrait of the German composer interweaves biographical details with commentary on his immenseoeuvre. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845951153
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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