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Handel's Dramatic Oratorios and Masques
     

Handel's Dramatic Oratorios and Masques

by Winton Dean
 

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Illustrating Handel's oratorios and masques in dramatic form—among them some of the highest achievements of musical drama ever written—Dean here begins by discussing general questions of history, style, and performace, and explains how the oratorios have been progressively misrepresented since Handel's day; subsequent chapters detail each of his 18 works

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Illustrating Handel's oratorios and masques in dramatic form—among them some of the highest achievements of musical drama ever written—Dean here begins by discussing general questions of history, style, and performace, and explains how the oratorios have been progressively misrepresented since Handel's day; subsequent chapters detail each of his 18 works in this genre.

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"Brings us as near as we are ever likely to get to the last word on the second-largest part of the composer's output....Definitive."—The Guardian

"Mr. Dean's book helps us to understand Handel, his age, and ourselves more deeply. It should acquire the status of a classic not only for its impeccable scholarship, but still more for its humane insights."—Wilfred Mellers, The Spectator

"His handling of evidence is masterly. Throughout the book the cross-references build up its internal strength and the footnotes often support with wit as well as scholarship the massive progress of the argument...this [is a] lucid, well-documented, humane work of profound learning."—Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780193152038
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/31/1959
Pages:
710
Product dimensions:
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