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Handel Messiah

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ISBN-10: 0521376203

ISBN-13: 9780521376204

Edition: 1991

Authors: Donald Burrows, Julian Rushton

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Description:

This new guide to Handels most celebrated work traces the course of Messiah from Handels initial musical response to the libretto, through the oratorios 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 Handels performers. As well as tracing the history of the works development, the book addresses musical and technical issues such as Messiahs place in the oratorio genre, Handels treatment of structural…    
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Book details

List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/24/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.35" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Preface
References to 'Messiah' editions
The historical background
Handel in Germany and Italy: passion and oratorio
Esther, Handel's first English oratorio
1732-1741: from Esther to Messiah
From composition to first performance
The librettist
The collaboration
August-November 1741: from London to Dublin
The Dublin performances
The music and soloists in Handel's Dublin performances
The first London performances
The music of Handel's 1743 performances
Revival and revision, 1743-1759
The 1745 revival
1749-1753: Covent Garden and the Foundling Hospital
1754-1759: Handel's last years
Handel's revisions: aesthetic choice or practical necessity?
The early revisions
Handel's later revisions and the 1750 version
Versions for modern performances
Messiah in other hands
The nineteenth century
Additional accompaniments
To the present day
Design
Messiah within the oratorio genre
The libretto: structure and content
Musical forms in Messiah: some general considerations
Part Two 'scene' I
Individual movements
Recitatives
Arias
Choruses
The orchestra's contribution
Handel's word-setting
The libretto of Messiah
Messiah sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index