Handel and his Singers: The Creation of the Royal Academy Operas, 1720-1728 - Oxford Monographs on Music (Hardback)
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Handel and his Singers: The Creation of the Royal Academy Operas, 1720-1728 - Oxford Monographs on Music (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 15/06/1995
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From the early 18th century until the present day, opera seria as practised by Handel and his contemporaries has been the subject of satire and even derision for its dramatic artifice and virtuosic vocal displays. Close examination of Handel's autograph manuscripts, the librettos upon which they were based, and other contemporary documents reveal the extent to which Handel was influenced by his singers and their abilities in creating his commercially successful and dramatically effective operas. Drawing on ideas and evidence from these sources, this study demonstrates the fact that Handel's singers were the single most important influence in his opera composition during his tenure as composer and music director of the Royal Academy of Music from 1719-28.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198163152
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 244 x 161 x 19 mm


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LaRue illustrates his main thesis very well by utilizing the sources that he concisely describes in chapter 2: autograph manuscripts, conducting and other manuscript scores, printed librettos, and music printed within weeks or months of a premiere...the significant material is found in LaRue's fine study of Handel's creative process * Opera Quarterly *
insightful book...This detailed study investigates the influence of handel's leading singers on his composition process...LaRue's study is scholarship at its mystery-solving best * Choice 33:5 *
fine study * Opera Quarterly *

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