The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience.Each has been expanded and updated for book publication and contains a comprehensive work-list, index, and fully revised bibliography, in addition to the definitive view of the subject's life and works.This is the first full-length study of Handel by Winton Dean, who has long been recognized as the leading expert on the composer and his works, the operas and oratorios in particular. On publication of The New Grove, this discussion of Handel's life and works was hailed as the most authoritative and comprehensive review of the composer to have appeared in print. It charts his career both before and after he moved to England and pays particular attention to his stage works. the work-list by Anthony hicks is the most comprehensive ever published in English.