Messiah: The Composition and Afterlife of Handel's Masterpiece

Category: Book
By (author): Keates, Jonathan
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / Germany
  HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  MUSIC / General
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Classical
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Opera
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 0.00in x 0.00in
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From Handel's renowned biographer, the story of one of the most celebrated compositions of Western classical music, Handel's famous oratorio, Messiah

In the late summer of 1741, George Friderick Handel, composed an oratorio set to words from the King James Bible, rich in tuneful arias and magnificent choruses. Jonathan Keates recounts the history and afterlife of Messiah, one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire. He relates the composition's first performances and its relationship with spirituality in the age of the Enlightenment, and examines how Messiah, after Handel's death, became an essential component of our musical canon.

An authoritative and affectionate celebration of the high-point of the Georgian golden age of music, Messiah is essential reading for lovers of classical music.

Biographical Note
Jonathan Keates
is a distinguished and prize-winning biographer, novelist and travel writer, and author of the biographies Handel and Purcell. He is chairman of the Venice in Peril fund and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He won both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize for his collection of short stories, Allegro Postillions (1983). Jonathan Keates is a regular contributor to the Observer (UK) and the Times Literary Supplement (UK) among a number of other publications.