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For anyone who is generally interested in Handel, or commencing music studies of the late Baroque period, this book is for you. An accessible treasure trove of information, Hogwood takes the reader on an fascinating trip through time, exploring Handel's childhood and early years in Germany, his prodigious development in music, his Grand Tours through Italy, the Opera and Oratorio years in England, and his musical legacy after his death. Packed full of photographs, snippets of interesting quotati [...]
Dry, dry, dry. However, it seemed EXTREMELY well researched. If you're writing a paper or need historical information on the man whatsoever, start here. I highly doubt you'll need any other sources than those listed in the bibliography. I did not enjoy the book but it gets three stars for researched content and coherence.
In my former music major opinion, this is an excellent resource for beginning when his research if interested in handling his work. The only thing that really surprised me in this book was that the Nazis wanted to rewrite of the text of Messiah. But I shouldn't be surprised but I thought that was a very interesting piece of information to put into this book. I consulted the bibliography for additional reading since I am fascinated by the oratorio itself. It is a great place to start. I recommend [...]
Uma biografia muito interessante e detalhada sobretudo no que se refere à carreira do compositor. Dá algum destaque à sobrevivência da obra de Handel após a sua morte, bem como à recepção das suas obras no Século XX, a redescoberta, as encenações das suas operas e oratórios e a sua publicação em suporte digital.
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