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Author Burrows, Donald, 1945-

Title Handel, Messiah / Donald Burrows
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1991]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 127 pages) : music
Series Cambridge music handbooks
Cambridge music handbooks.
Contents Preface -- References to Messiah editions -- The historical background -- From composition to first performance -- The first London performances -- Revival and revision -- Messiah in other hands -- The Work: design -- The Work: individual movements -- Handel's word setting -- Appendix 1. The libretto of Messiah -- Appendix 2. Messiah sources -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Donald Burrows brings many new insights to this fascinating account of one of the favorite works of the concert hall. He 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. The book addresses such questions as the position of Messiah within the oratorio genre, Handel's treatment of structural design, tonal relationships in the work and problems of English wordsetting, as well as contemporary issues such as Handel's relationship with his librettist, Charles Jennens, and with his performers and audience.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-122) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Messiah.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511620098 (electronic bk.)
9780511620096 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Messiah