A tribute to the late Handel
scholar and University of Maryland professor Howard Serwer, Handel Studies
is in two parts. The first offers current research by leading Handel scholars
on a wide range of topics, including archival studies, compositional process,
historical aspects of the composer's career and music, performance practice,
and reception; and aims to suggest new directions in Handel studies and,
more broadly, the study of eighteenth-century musical culture.
The book s second part reproduces the most substantial essays originally
published between 1981 and 2001 in the program books of the Maryland Handel
Festival & Conference. Written by the world s foremost Handel experts,
these essays are widely recognized as one of the best sources of information
on Handel s odes and oratorios, and frequently cited in the scholarly
literature, but hard to find. Handel Studies makes this essential
literature widely available for the first time.