Handel's Messiah : A Celebration
(Richard Luckett, Diane Sterling (Editor)
Luckett explores the background and composition of Messiah--the often stormy relations between Handel and his librettist, the colorful lives and personalities of the original soloists, and the circumstances of the first performance in Dublin, 1742. Paintings, engravings, caricatures, and fascimiles.
Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought
In this wide-ranging and challenging book, Ruth Smith claims that the words to Handel's oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realised. She explores eighteenth-century literature, music, aesthetics, politics and religion to reveal Handel's texts as conduits for the thought and sensibility of their time. The book thus enriches our understanding of Handel, his times, and the close relationship between music and its intellectual contexts.
The Cambridge Companion to Handel
(Donald Burrows (Editor)
Handel is recognized as one of the principal creative figures in Baroque music. Here acknowledged experts on Handel make their expertise accessible to the interested general reader and music lover. Their wide-ranging essays cover topics ranging from Handel's composing methods to his treatment of the Italian language to matters of performance practice, considering all the genres in which the composer worked. 45 music examples. 12 photos.