Handel in London

Author: Jane Glover

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509882073

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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'How refreshing, to read a book about music written for a music lover and not a musicologist. In clear, lucid, entertaining prose, Jane Glover makes those of us who lack musical literacy better understand and appreciate Handel’s divinity.' - Donna Leon, author of Handel's Bestiary and the Inspector Brunetti mysteries. Handel in London tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was George Frideric Handel. Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah. Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country – and throughout the world – for three hundred years.

Handel on the Stage

Author: David Kimbell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316531163

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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Of all the great composers of the eighteenth century, Handel was the supreme cosmopolitan, an early and extraordinarily successful example of a freelance composer. For thirty years the opera-house was the principal focus of his creative work and he composed more than forty operas over this period. In this book, David Kimbell sets Handel's operas in their biographical and cultural contexts. He explores the circumstances in which they were composed and performed, the librettos that were prepared for Handel, and what they tell us about his and his audience's values and the music he composed for them. Remarkably no Handel operas were staged for a period of 170 years between 1754 and the 1920s. The final chapter in this book reveals the differences and similarities between how Handel's operas were performed in his time and ours.

For the Love of London

Author: Julian Beecroft

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1786851121

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 119

View: 1442

Have you ever wondered... • Why the Queen asks permission to enter the City? • Where in London you are required to drive on the right? • What is the history behind Pearly Kings and Queens? From the garden suburbs to the action-packed centre, the city of London reveals layer upon layer of history, culture, delights – and secrets. Whether you’re intrigued by London’s rich history or fascinated by its glittering cultural scene, ‘For the Love of London’ will take you on a tour encompassing architecture, royalty, landmark events, historical figures, crime, culture and a host of surprising facts about the world’s finest city.

New Perspectives on Handel's Music

Author: David Vickers

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783271469

Category: Music

Page: 476

View: 6470

An international collaboration between leading scholars showcases a broad spectrum of observations on Handel and his music, covering many aspects of modern interdisciplinary and traditional philological musicology.

The Politics of Opera in Handel's Britain

Author: Thomas McGeary

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110700988X

Category: Music

Page: 423

View: 8872

Thomas McGeary's book explores the relationship between Italian opera and British partisan politics in the era of George Frideric Handel.

Dance in Handel's London Operas

Author: Sarah Yuill McCleave

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 1580464203

Category: Music

Page: 282

View: 6925

Examines the pivotal role of dance in the Italian operas of Handel, perhaps the greatest opera composer between Monteverdi and Mozart.

Ireland and the Reception of the Bible

Author: Bradford A. Anderson,Jonathan Kearney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567678881

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 9159

Drawing on the work of leading figures in biblical, religious, historical, and cultural studies in Ireland and beyond, this volume explores the reception of the Bible in Ireland, focusing on the social and cultural dimensions of such use of the Bible. This includes the transmission of the Bible, the Bible and identity formation, engagement beyond Ireland, and cultural and artistic appropriation of the Bible. The chapters collected here are particularly useful and insightful for those researching the use and reception of the Bible, as well as those with broader interests in social and cultural dimensions of Irish history and Irish studies. The chapters challenge the perception in the minds of many that the Bible is a static book with a fixed place in the world that can be relegated to ecclesial contexts and perhaps academic study. Rather, as this book shows, the role of the Bible in the world is much more complex. Nowhere is this clearer than in Ireland, with its rich and complex religious, cultural, and social history. This volume examines these very issues, highlighting the varied ways in which the Bible has impacted Irish life and society, as well as the ways in which the cultural specificity of Ireland has impacted the use and development of the Bible both in Ireland and further afield.