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Author Harris, Ellen T

Title Handel as Orpheus : voice and desire in the chamber cantatas / Ellen T. Harris
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, ©2001


Description 1 online resource (xi, 430 pages) : illustrations, music
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book
Summary "Handel wrote over 100 cantatas, compositions for voice and instruments that describe the joy and pain of love. In Handel as Orpheus, the first comprehensive study of the cantatas, Ellen Harris investigates their place in Handel's life as well as their extraordinary beauty." "The cantatas were written between 1706 and 1723 - from the time Handel left his home in Germany, through the years he spent in Florence and Rome, and into the early part of his London career. In this period he lived as a guest in aristocratic homes, and composed these chamber works for his patrons and hosts, primarily for private entertainments. In both Italy and England his patrons moved in circles in which same-sex desire was commonplace - a fact that is not without significance, Harris reveals, for the cantatas exhibit a clear homosexual subtext."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-415) and indexes
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Cantatas.
Händel, Georg Friedrich.
SUBJECT Cantatas (Handel, George Frideric) fast (OCoLC)fst01364557
Subject Cantatas -- History and criticism.
Homosexuality and music.
Homosexuality and music.
Homosexualität Motiv
Erotik Motiv
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001039075
ISBN 0674006178