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Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought

ISBN: 9780521023702
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition: 1st Pbk. Version
Publication Date: 2005-10-20
Number of pages: 500
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In this wide-ranging and challenging book, Ruth Smith shows that the words of Handel's oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realized. She sheds new light on the oratorio librettists and explores literature, music, aesthetics, politics and religion to reveal Handel's texts as conduits for eighteenth-century thought and sensibility. This book enriches our understanding of Handel, his times, and the relationships between music and its intellectual contexts.

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