Handel's Muse by David Ross Hurley
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Handel's Muse
By David Ross Hurley

Handel's Muse

Patterns of Creation in His Oratorios and Musical Dramas, 1743-1751

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Format: Hardback

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Handel's Muse by David Ross Hurley

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Handel's frequent and extensive alterations to his scores yield much valuable information on musical and extra-musical matters. This book represents the most thorough study to date of Handel's compositional procedures in his English oratorios and musical dramas. David Hurley examines six major works composed between 1743 and 1751 (Semele, Hercules, Belshazzar, Solomon, Susanna, and Jephtha), explores changes in the autograph scores, and, where possible, traces the progress of musical ideas from sketches and/or borrowings through drafts to the first performance version. By studying recurring types of revisions, Hurley identifies Handel's regular musical concerns while also addressing changes arising from specific dramatic situations. The later chapters of the book offer fresh insight into the relationship between music and text, evaluating for the first time the role of word painting in Handel's compositional process and furthering our knowledge about Handel's interactions with librettists and singers during the oratorio years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198163961
ISBN-10: 0198163967
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 21mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Ross Hurley

David Ross Hurley is Assistant Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University

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