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Messiah : The Composition and Afterlife of Handel's Masterpiece - Jonathan Keates

Messiah

The Composition and Afterlife of Handel's Masterpiece

Paperback Published: 2nd March 2018
ISBN: 9781786695956
Number Of Pages: 192

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The story of the composition, first performances and cultural afterlife of one of the best-loved and most widely performed works in the entire history of music.

In 1741, in just 24 days, the German-born, British-naturalized composer George Frideric Handel wrote an oratorio rich in tuneful arias and choruses of robust grandeur. Coolly received in London at first, after Handel's death Messiah enjoyed an extraordinary surge in popularity: it was performed at festivals across England; other composers rushed to rearrange it; it would be commercially recorded on more than 100 occasions.

Jonathan Keates tells the story of the composition and musical afterlife of Handel's masterpiece: he considers the first performances and its place in Handel's output; he looks at the oratorio itself and its relationship with spirituality in the age of the Enlightenment; and he examines why Messiah became such an essential element in the national culture of Britain. Illustrated with beautiful images, including the original score of the work, Messiah is a richly informative and affectionate celebration of a high-point of Britain's Georgian golden age.

Industry Reviews

'Simmers with an unashamed passion for the music itself' Sunday Telegraph.
'Keates appraises his works with passionate scrutiny' The Sunday Times.
'A brilliantly lucid guide to Handel's evolving art' Independent.

ISBN: 9781786695956
ISBN-10: 1786695952
Series: Landmark Library
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 2nd March 2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.3  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.12

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