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Handel's Operas, 1704-1726 (0) Hardcover – 20 Mar 2014
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One of the great monuments of musical scholarship of our day - a mine of information lucidly delved, sharply stimulating...a pleasure to read for its crisply expressed, infinitely discerning and above all loving responses to the works themselves. --Financial Times
This volume is a monument to the source-critical method. It is a rigorous investigation of the bewilderingly abundant musical and literary sources of each opera, and its most lasting influence will be on future editions of Handel's music. --Early Music
One of the great monuments of musical scholarship of our day - a mine of information lucidly delved, sharply stimulating...a pleasure to read for its crisply expressed, infinitely discerning and above all loving responses to the works themselves. FINANCIAThis volume is a monument to the source-critical method. It is a rigorous investigation of the bewilderingly abundant musical and literary sources of each opera, and its most lasting influence will be on future editions of Handel's music. EARLY MUSIC
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If you love/obessed with Handel and have an appetite for in-depth information, a deeper understanding of his operas, Handel's milieu and the way things happened this book and its companion on the later operas by one of the same authors are both essential.
The quality of scholarship is outstanding and multi-dimensional, almost on a par with the monumental standards set by Liddell & Scott's Greek Lexicon for instance. There is no evidence of jobbing generalist authors turning their attention to Handel, as so many modern works purporting to be scholarly seem to be, nor is there any evidence of some torturous well-nigh unreadable 'academic' theses with rather threadbare 'ideas' to flog.
With Dean & Knapp we get exhaustive information on each opera's performance history, the theatrical background, the borrowings, first lines indices for all arias and much more including general and specific analyses of structure, arias and so on.
The quality of mind or judgement bought to bear on the material is generous, informed, deeply considered, perceptive and as overwhelmed by Handel's genius as many of the rest of us. The writing is highly literate, easy and entertaining and at times betrays a dry ironical wit, probably not unlike Handel's himself - I like for instance the comment that Handel tended to doodle in 3/8 time - or indeed, in another mood, the openness with which Dean admits that it is hard to be measured when discussing 'ombra cara'.
Winton Dean originally produced a vast tome on the oratorios, equally impressive in depth and range as these operas volumes. At that time it seems Handel's operas were not considered equal in quality to his oratorio output. Dean subsequenlty changed his mind and wrote an account of his change of attitude to the operas in a book entitled 'Handel and the Opera Seria'.
Dean's 'Handel & the Opera Seria' contains some very interesting assessments and data, particularly on the early 20th century revivalist habits of transpositions and the inevitable pitfalls, and also on the roles of castrati, contraltos and counter-tenors as evidenced by Handel's original versions and his later revisions for revivals with different performers; this should make interesting reading for any who think that counter-tenors are the natural inheritors of Handel's primo uomo - and other - operatic roles, (unless of course one entertains the possibility that Handel got it wrong).
'Handel and the Opera Seria' precedes these 2 later volumes on the operas but unfortunately it seems to be out of print and very expensive to lay one's hands on. As some of the most authoritative writing on Handel this earlier book should be re-printed.
Above all, with these 2 latest volumes on Handel's operas, I think you get to know and appreciate Handel, his works and the world in which he worked - an excellent testimony to the readability of such a thorough piece of scholarship.
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I have been waiting since 1995 for Volume II where Handel's best (and conversely, most pathetic) works would be analyzed. Sadly, I understand that Mr. Dean has since passed away and thus, I doubt that I will ever see the work completed. If any of you out there are musicologists and/or music historians, please consider filling in this disappointing gap!
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