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Author Burrows, Donald.

Title Handel, Messiah / Donald Burrows.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.23092 HAND/BURR  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank  782.23 Han    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 127 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Cambridge music handbooks.
Cambridge music handbooks.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-122) and index.
Contents 1 Historical background 1 -- Handel in Germany and Italy: passion and oratorio 2 -- Esther, Handel's first English oratorio 4 -- 1732-1741: from Esther to Messiah 5 -- 2 From composition to first performance 8 -- Librettist 9 -- Collaboration 10 -- August-November 1741: from London to Dublin 12 -- Dublin performances 15 -- Music and soloists in Handel's Dublin performances 22 -- 3 First London performances 23 -- Music of Handel's 1743 performances 30 -- 4 Revival and revision, 1743-1759 32 -- 1745 revival 34 -- 1749-1753: Covent Garden and the Foundling Hospital 36 -- 1754-1759: Handel's last years 39 -- Handel's revisions: aesthetic choice or practical necessity? 40 -- Early revisions 41 -- Handel's later revisions and the 1750 version 42 -- Versions for modern performances 44 -- 5 Messiah in other hands 47 -- Nineteenth century 48 -- Additional accompaniments 49 -- To the present day 51 -- 6 Design 55 -- Messiah within the oratorio genre 55 -- Libretto: structure and content 57 -- Musical forms in Messiah: some general considerations 60 -- Part Two 'scene' I 63 -- 7 Individual movements 68 -- Recitatives 68 -- Arias 69 -- Choruses 71 -- Orchestra's contribution 73 -- 8 Handel's word-setting 75 -- Appendix 1 Libretto of Messiah 83.
Summary This guide to Handel's most celebrated work traces the course of Messiah from Handel's initial musical reponse 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 new scholarship and many new insights to this fascinating account of one of the favourite works of the concert hall.
Subject Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Messiah.
ISBN 0521376203 (paperback)
0521374790 (hardback)