Handel by William Hayman CummingsHandel by William Hayman Cummings


byWilliam Hayman Cummings

Paperback | July 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTORY HE is the father of us all."--Haydn. "Handel knows better than any one of us all what is capable of producing a great effect. When he chooses he can strike like a thunderbolt."--Mozart. "He was the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel before his tomb."--Beethoven. The foregoing testimonies to the genius of Handel are the expressed convictions of three great musicians, men worthy to rank with Handel himself. They spoke with knowledge and authority, and it is a significant fact that the popular voice has always been in accord with the judgment of the experts. In many respects Handel is unrivalled as a composer. This is shown by his inexhaustible melodic inspiration, his dramatic recitative, his contrapuntal skill, his versatility, and his indefatigable industry. His known works include twenty-two oratorios, forty sacred compositions with English and Latin words, seventy-two operas and serenatas, numerous suites for the harpsichord, and many concertos for instruments, organ and orchestra. The German Handel Society's publications extend to ninety-seven volumes, and even yet there is much unpublished. Handel's exceptional genius is well exemplified in his choruses, where he produces grand effects without apparent effort, and in this respect he remains unequalled. Coleridge, speaking of Shakespeare, said, "Schiller has the material Sublime. To produce an effect he sets a whole town on fire, and throws infants, with their mothers, into the flames; or locks up a father in an old tower. But Shakespeare drops a handkerchief, and the same or greater effects follow." With a little alteration, a similar comparison might be applied to Handel, whose scanty orchestral resources would be typified by the handkerchief,...
Title:HandelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217481671

ISBN - 13:9780217481670

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