Handel's Muse: Patterns of Creation in his Oratorios and Musical Dramas, 1743-1751

Handel's Muse: Patterns of Creation in his Oratorios and Musical Dramas, 1743-1751

by David Ross Hurley

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Overview

Handel's Muse: Patterns of Creation in his Oratorios and Musical Dramas, 1743-1751 by David Ross Hurley

This book represents the most thorough study to date of Handel's compositional procedures in his English oratorios and musical dramas. Exploring the composer's sketches and autograph scores, it offers fresh insights into the creative mind of one of the leading figures in Baroque music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198163961
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Oxford Monographs on Music Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Ross Hurley is Assistant Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Writing the Score
The Process of Creation: Forethought and Spontaneity
The Quest for Melodic Diversity
Handel as Harmonic Blacksmith: Changes in Tonal Structure
Texture as Form
The Rough Places Made Plain: Closure vs. Continuity
Texts, Musical Form, and Dramatic Impact
Musical Imagery as Drama
Singers and the Creative Process
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index of Handel's Compositions
General Index

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