Handel: Messiah

Author:   Donald Burrows (The Open University, Milton Keynes)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9780511620096


Publication Date:   05 June 2012
Format:   Electronic book text
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Handel: Messiah


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This new guide to Handel's most celebrated work traces the course of Messiah from Handel's initial musical response to the libretto, through the oratorio's turbulent first years to its eventual popularity with the Foundling Hospital performances. Different chapters consider the varying reception the work received in Dublin and London, the uneasy relationship between the composer and his librettist Charles Jennens and the many changes Messiah underwent through the varying needs and capacities of Handel's performers. As well as tracing the history of the work's development, the book addresses musical and technical issues such as Messiah's place in the oratorio genre, Handel's treatment of structural design, tonal relationships and English word-setting. An edited libretto elucidates the variants between the text that Handel set and the texts of the early printed word-books. Donald Burrows brings many new insights to this fascinating account of one of the favourite works of the concert hall.

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Author:   Donald Burrows (The Open University, Milton Keynes)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
ISBN:  

9780511620096


ISBN 10:   0511620098
Publication Date:   05 June 2012
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Electronic book text
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Preface; References to Messiah editions; 1. The historical background; 2. From composition to first performance; 3. The first London performances; 4. Revival and revision; 5. Messiah in other hands; 6. The Work: design; 7. The Work: individual movements; 8. Handel's word setting; Appendix 1. The libretto of Messiah; Appendix 2. Messiah sources; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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Handel scholarship has come long way...notably in important articles on Messiah and its versions by Donald Burrows published in Music and Letters in 1975 and 1985. (The material has been pulled together admirably in Mr. Burrows's new Cambridge Music handbook on the oratorio.) New York Times ...the music lover who would like to know more about Handel and Messiah will find succinct history of English oratorio, a genre that Handel himself invented under circumstances and for reasons that remain unclear to this day, and a concise survey of the evolution of the genre to 1741 (Ch. 1). ...presents for the first time in English a clear and detailed chronology of the composition and the events leading up to the first performance of Messiah on 13 April, 1742. Charles Michael Carroll, The Eighteenth Century


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