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George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends par [Harris, Ellen T.]
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Longueur : 496 pages Word Wise: Activé Langue : Anglais

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An intimate portrait of Handel’s life and inner circle, modeled after one of the composer’s favorite forms: the fugue.

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ellen T. Harris is professor emeritus at MIT and has served on the music faculties of Columbia University and the University of Chicago. Her previous books include Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas, and she has spoken at Lincoln Center and appeared on PBS NewsHour and BBC Radio 3. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 6630 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 496 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (29 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J8R3KJO
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 25 mars 2017
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ellen harris is a top handle expert...this is another of her outstanding books about this fascinating composer.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I like Christopher Hogwood's biography if you have the time 10 juin 2016
Par Alan C Duncan - Publié sur
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Fabulous unorthodox biography of that other Saxon giant of the Baroque. Handel was famously private. Ms Harris does a masterly job of bringing him to life through the letters and recollections of his many friends and admirers. You might want to give a cursory look at the Wikipedia article on Handel before reading Ms Harris's book. I like Christopher Hogwood's biography if you have the time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a good read, and you can't say that about many ... 21 décembre 2014
Par Jessie Ann Owens - Publié sur
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This is a good read, and you can't say that about many books by musicologists. A tour-de-force of detective work, starting from Handel's wills, the book illuminates both Handel's life and life in eighteenth-century England by uncovering his circle of friends and associates. Beautifully illustrated, and with a clarity of structure that keeps the needs of the reader always at the fore, this is a book I recommend to anyone interested in music, in eighteenth-century England, and in how to "do" humanities research. It takes newly discovered documents and makes them tell a compelling story. A very fine book.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Contributed to many fine naps. 21 mars 2017
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Just not particularly interesting in any way. All useful information contained in this book could be condensed to possibly one page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent for my collection 20 juillet 2015
Par Robert Leonard Moran - Publié sur
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A fascinating book on Handel and his friends..... excellent for my collection, ordered and sent so quickly. THANKS
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