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The Cambridge Companion to Handel : Cambridge Companions to Music - Donald Burrows

The Cambridge Companion to Handel

Cambridge Companions to Music

By: Donald Burrows (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd February 1998
ISBN: 9780521456135
Number Of Pages: 368

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Handel is recognised as one of the principal creative figures in Baroque music. In this Companion acknowledged experts on Handel make their expertise accessible to the interested general reader and music lover. All the genres in which Handel composed are considered including oratorio, chamber cantata, opera, and church music, as well as works for the keyboard and orchestra. The wide-ranging, specially-commissioned essays cover topics from Handel's composing methods to his treatment of the Italian language and matters of performance practice. The background to Handel's musical career is a major theme of the volume. The opening chapters deal with his musical education in Germany and the circumstances in Italy during his time there. Most of Handel's career was based in London and important topics here include contemporary concert life and theatre management, the British and Italian musicians among whom he worked, and the librettists for the English oratorios.

'... condenses the current state of knowledge on various topics and the fruits of very recent research, some of it original and some of it now made available for the first time in English.' The Handel Institute Newsletter '... both scholarly yet eminently readable and, as such, it s a book that will undoubtedly have wide appeal to both musical scholars and the ordinary music lover ... it places its subject firmly in historical context and gives us many (otherwise all too rare) glimpses into the mind of one of the truly great composers'. Scenario

List of plates
Notes on contributors
Preface
Chronology
Introduction Donald Burrows
Background
Germany - education and apprenticeship
Italy - political and musical contexts
HandelâÇÖs London - political, social and intellectual contexts
HandelâÇÖs London - the theatres
HandelâÇÖs London - British musicians and London concert life
HandelâÇÖs London - Italian musicians and librettists
HandelâÇÖs London - HandelâÇÖs English librettists
The Music
Handel and the aria
HandelâÇÖs compositional process
Handel and the idea of an oratorio
HandelâÇÖs sacred music
HandelâÇÖs chamber music
Handel as a concerto composer
Handel and the keyboard
The Music in Performance
Handel and the Italian language
Handel and the orchestra
Production style in HandelâÇÖs operas
HandelâÇÖs oratorio performances
Bibliographical note
Notes
List of Handel's works
Index
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ISBN: 9780521456135
ISBN-10: 0521456134
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd February 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.59