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Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought Hardcover – May 26, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0521402651 ISBN-10: 0521402654

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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521402654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521402651
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,832,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book presents research on the English social and cultural contexts of Handel's oratorios, topics usually treated as peripheral in traditional studies, which relate his librettos primarily to their musical settings." Choice

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In this wide-r anging and challenging book, Ruth Smith claims that the words to Handel's oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realised. She explores eighteenth-century literature, music, aesthetics, politics and religion to reveal Handel's texts as conduits for the thought and sensibility of their time. The book thus enriches our understanding of Handel, his times, and the close relationship between music and its intellectual contexts.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Gregg on May 18, 2013
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Ruth Smith is a brilliant scholar and one of the world's leading experts on Handel. This book is unique in Handel studies, detailing many interesting ideas about the political and social meanings in Handel's oratorios as perceived in their day. Highly recommended.
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