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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel
Collected Documents

Volume 4. 1742-1750

  • Publication planned for: July 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107080218


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  • The life and career of George Frideric Handel, one of the most frequently performed composers from the Baroque period, are copiously and intricately documented through a huge variety of contemporary sources. This multi-volume major publication is the most up-to-date and comprehensive collection of these documents. Presented chronologically in their original languages with English translations and with commentaries incorporating the results of recent research, the documents provide an essential and accessible resource for anyone interested in Handel and his music. In charting Handel's activities and the performance and reception of his music during his lifetime, the documents also offer valuable insights into broader eighteenth-century topics such as court life, theatrical history, public concerts and music publishing. Volume Four begins with the re-establishment of Handel's career in London following his return from Dublin in 1742, and covers the period to 1750 which saw the composition of a succession of his greatest English works for his oratorio seasons, including Samson, Semele, Belshazzar, Juda Maccabaeus and Solomon.

    • A major reference work that includes recently discovered documents as well as the established repertory
    • Provides complete chronological coverage of contemporary material relating to Handel's life and music, his performers and environment, including opera performances and music publishing
    • Includes archive material from an extensive variety of sources on topics such as musical patronage in Rome, the circumstances of the eighteenth-century music professions and concert life in Britain
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107080218
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from July 2019
  • Table of Contents

    The documents:
    Libraries and archives
    Index of Handel's works
    Index of persons
    General index.

  • Editors

    Donald Burrows, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Donald Burrows is Professor of Music at The Open University, Milton Keynes, a Vice-President of the Händelgesellschaft, Chairman of the Handel Institute, General Editor of the Novello Handel Edition series and a member of the Editorial Board of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe.

    Helen Coffey, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Helen Green is Lecturer in Music at The Open University, Milton Keynes.

    John Greenacombe, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    John Greenacombe is Visiting Research Associate at The Open University, Milton Keynes, and a Trustee of the Handel Institute.

    Anthony Hicks, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Anthony Hicks was a computer systems analyst and an influential researcher, critic and author on musical topics, particularly relating to Handel's career and music. He died in 2010.

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