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By Ellen T. Harris

An intimate portrait of Handel’s lifestyles and internal circle, modeled after one of many composer’s favourite types: the fugue.

in the course of his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s track reached from court docket to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and crammed crowded taverns, however the guy himself―known to so much because the composer of Messiah―is slightly a secret. even though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts or even supplied for his or her maintenance on his dying, little or no of an intimate nature survives.

One document―Handel’s will―offers us a slender window into his own existence. In it, he recalls not just relatives and shut colleagues but additionally local associates. looking for the personal guy in the back of the general public determine, Ellen T. Harris has spent years monitoring down the letters, diaries, own debts, criminal circumstances, and different files hooked up to those bequests. the result's a tightly woven tapestry of London within the first half the eighteenth century, one who interlaces brilliant descriptions of Handel’s track with tales of loyalty, crafty, and betrayal.

With this absolutely new procedure, Harris has completed anything more than biography. Layering the interconnecting tales of Handel’s buddies just like the topics and countersubjects of a fugue, Harris introduces us to an bold, intelligent, beneficiant, exceptional, and fallacious guy, hiding in complete view in the back of his public persona.

forty three illustrations; three maps

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On Saturday evening, she extra: Sir Richard Grosvenor received the Guido at �328 [a connection with The snoozing Child], and was firm to bid so far as kilos. The Sigismunda used to be offered to the Duke of Bedford for �200 ahead of the sale; basically positioned into the sale and overrated for worry it may another way damage the sale. For the giggling Boy, Vandyke, the Duchess gave �126; the View of Antwerp, �551 5s. ; the small photo, Lot 20, third day’s sale �23 2s. ; the Raphael, �703 10s; Lot 15, third day’s sale, �43 4s. all of the photos bought for �7775 2s. 6d. 34 in the course of the Houlditch volumes of public sale catalogues, it really is attainable to track a few of Handel’s pals and co-workers as they go through the sale rooms. Palmer purely seems to be posthumously by way of the sale of his assortment, yet Christopher Batt’s purchases will be over years till his assortment too is auctioned after his demise in 1756.

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