Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

by Jane Glover


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A rich and evocative account of the life and work of one of the world's favorite composers—from the acclaimed author of Mozart’s Women.

In 1712, a young German composer followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was George Freidrich Handel.

Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of music activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah.

Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, but also of courts and cabals of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country—and throughout the world—for three hundred years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778815
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Jane Glover, author of Mozart’s Women, has had a long and hugely successful career as a conductor. She has been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Artistic Director of The London Mozart Players, and has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain. She appears regularly at the BBC Proms and is a regular broadcaster for television series on Mozart. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword ix

Author's Note xiii

Preface xv

1 Early Years

An infant rais'd by thy command' Saul 1

2 London, 1710

'Populous cities please me then' L'Allegro 13

3 The Final Stuart Years

'Cease, ruler of the day, to rise' Hercules 25

4 Hanover in London

'From mighty kings he took the spoil' Judas Maccabaeus 57

5 The Launch of the Royal Academy

'Music, spread thy voice around' Solomon 81

6 The Fortunes of the Royal Academy

'Ah! think what ills the jealous prove' Hercules 107

7 New Beginnings

'Now a different measure try' Solomon 153

8 New Endings

'Toss 'd from thought to thought I rove' Alexander Balus 179

9 Defiance

'All danger disdaining' Deborah 217

10 Recovery and Reinvention

'Strange reverse of human fate' Alexander Balus 259

11 'Hallelujah' 295

12 Winding Down

'Great in wisdom, great in glory' Judas Marcabaeus 317

13 The Final Act

'With honour let desert be crown'd' Judas Maccabaeus 367

Afterword 389

Acknowledgements 391

Bibliography 393

Notes 397

Index 411

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