George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends
Title George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends PDF eBook
Author Ellen T. Harris
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Pages 289
Release 2014-09-29
Genre Music
ISBN 0393245896

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During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself—known to most as the composer of Messiah—is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives. One document—Handel’s will—offers us a narrow window into his personal life. In it, he remembers not only family and close colleagues but also neighborhood friends. In search of the private man behind the public figure, Ellen T. Harris has spent years tracking down the letters, diaries, personal accounts, legal cases, and other documents connected to these bequests. The result is a tightly woven tapestry of London in the first half of the eighteenth century, one that interlaces vibrant descriptions of Handel’s music with stories of loyalty, cunning, and betrayal. With this wholly new approach, Harris has achieved something greater than biography. Layering the interconnecting stories of Handel’s friends like the subjects and countersubjects of a fugue, Harris introduces us to an ambitious, shrewd, generous, brilliant, and flawed man, hiding in full view behind his public persona.

The Life and Times of George Frideric Handel

The Life and Times of George Frideric Handel
Title The Life and Times of George Frideric Handel PDF eBook
Author Jim Whiting
Publisher Mitchell Lane
Pages 72
Release 2019-12-05
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1545748853

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Discusses the life and career of the eighteenth-century German composer.

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel
Title George Frideric Handel PDF eBook
Author Paul Henry Lang
Publisher Courier Corporation
Pages 794
Release 2012-04-30
Genre Music
ISBN 0486144593

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Exceptionally full, detailed study of the man, his music and times. Childhood, music training, years in London; analysis of Messiah and other works; much more. Introduction. Includes 35 illustrations.

The Life and Times of George Gershwin

The Life and Times of George Gershwin
Title The Life and Times of George Gershwin PDF eBook
Author Jim Whiting
Publisher
Pages 54
Release 2004-07
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9781584152798

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George Gershwin couldn't seem to stay out of trouble when he was a boy. He was a tough kid who got in a lot of fights and frequently skipped school. When his family bought a piano, his life was transformed. He quickly mastered the piano, then dropped out of school when he was fifteen to become a musician. Within a year, he had sold his first song. When he was 20, he wrote his first big hit. Five years after that, Rhapsody in Blue catapulted him to international fame. With his brother Ira as lyricist, he went on to compose some of the most famous musicals of the twentieth century and also wrote several movie scores. But he died tragically when he was only 38. Book jacket.

Handel, Who Knew What He Liked

Handel, Who Knew What He Liked
Title Handel, Who Knew What He Liked PDF eBook
Author M. T. Anderson
Publisher Candlewick Press
Pages 49
Release 2013-09-10
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 0763665991

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In this biography, the man who would later compose some of the world's most beautiful music is shown to have once been a stubborn little boy with a mind of his own.

The Lives of George Frideric Handel

The Lives of George Frideric Handel
Title The Lives of George Frideric Handel PDF eBook
Author David Hunter
Publisher Boydell & Brewer
Pages 537
Release 2015
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1783270616

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How have Handel's 'lives' in biographies and histories moulded our understanding of the musician, the man and the icon?

Handel in London

Handel in London
Title Handel in London PDF eBook
Author Jane Glover
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Pages 423
Release 2018-12-04
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1681779471

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In 1712, a young German composer 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 Freidrich Handel. Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of music activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as 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, 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.