George Frideric Handel and Music for Voices

George Frideric Handel and Music for Voices

by Donna Getzinger, Daniel Felsenfeld




During the eighteenth century, German musician George Frideric Handel was the most beloved composer in all of England. Handel showed enormous talent at a young age, and eventually left school to pursue a life in music. He sojourned in Italy, where he began writing operas in the Italian style. After settling in England his operas became all the rage in London and then, in a groundbreaking move, he took oratorios to the stage. For decades, he dealt successfully with fickle audiences, dishonest promoters, and demanding singers. Although he earned a reputation for ruthlessness, Handel donated almost all of his considerable wealth to charity. George Frideric Handel and Music for Voices traces the prolific and colorful composer's journey from the royal courts of Hamburg, Germany to England and the composition of his most enduring work, Messiah.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931798235
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Classical Composers Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1A Precocious Child11
Chapter 2Hamburg21
Chapter 3Italian Sojourn32
Chapter 4Her Majesty's Theater43
Chapter 5The Royal Academy60
Chapter 6Oratorios77
Chapter 7Competing Troupes90
Chapter 8The Messiah100
Chapter 9The Last Great Masterpieces114
Glossary of Musical Terms132
Web sites141

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