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Handel in London: The Making of a Genius - Jane Glover

Handel in London: The Making of a Genius - Jane Glover

Title: Handel in London

Author:  Jane Glover

ISBN:  9781509882069

Weight:  989g

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Handel in London by Jane Glover

Handel in London tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life.  That master would become King George II and the composer was George Frideric Handel.

Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah.

Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story.  It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society.  It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country – and throughout the world – for three hundred years.

Peer & Press Reviews

Lively and warm…  It’s refreshing to read a chronicle of Handel’s years in London written by a renowned conductor and musicologist…  She wants us to love Handel’s music as much as she does and she writes convincingly and fully about each work, singling out her favourite arias for mention, but always in a way that’s readable by a music-loving lay person.

Ysenda Maxtone Graham, Country Life

Written in elegant prose that wears its author’s scrupulous scholarship lightly… Glover deftly weaves musical analysis into her biographical flow.  Her greatest achievement, however, is to give life and music a political and social context.

Richard Morrison, Times

Beautifully written…  This book’s main achievement, though, is to evoke with admirable clarity and sympathy the rich, interdependent symbiosis between Handel, his singers, his audiences, the royal family and the great capital city that housed their life and work.

Jessica Duchen, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Handel in London
Sub title The Making of a Genius
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 388 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of illustrations (colour & monochrome).

The front matter has an additional 13 pages:

Contents [2]
List of Illustrations [2]
Foreword [4]
Author’s Note [1]
Preface [4]

The back matter has a further 40 pages:

Afterword [1]
Acknowledgements [2]
Bibliography [4]
Notes [13]
Index [20]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781509882069
ISBN 10 1509882065
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 388 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 162 x 41mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph John Batten
Jacket design Stuart Wilson, Pan Macmillan Art Department
Jacket image ‘View of the fireworks, illumination arranged by the Duke of Richmond in Whitehall and on the Thames on Monday, 15th May, 1749’ © AKG Images
Endpapers © British Library Board.  All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

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