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George Frideric Handel Audiobook

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends

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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 18th 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.

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©2014 Ellen T. Harris (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    "Interesting book, lackluster performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very informative for Handel scholars and Baroque music lovers. At this writing, the accompanying PDF file provided by the publisher is unavailable on the Audible site, but they are working on a fix.


    What other book might you compare George Frideric Handel to and why?

    John Eliot Gardiner Music In the Castle of Heaven, same period with many fascinating details on the period, although not as personal as Gardiner's writing about J.S. Bach.


    What didn’t you like about Andi Arndt’s performance?

    Tedious and monotonous.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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