By Ellen T. Harris
An intimate portrait of Handel’s existence and internal circle, modeled after one of many composer’s favourite types: the fugue.
During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s tune reached from court docket to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and stuffed crowded taverns, however the guy himself―known to such a lot because the composer of Messiah―is a bit a secret. although he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts or even supplied for his or her protection on his loss of life, little or no of an intimate nature survives.
One document―Handel’s will―offers us a slender window into his own existence. In it, he recalls not just kinfolk and shut colleagues but additionally local buddies. looking for the non-public guy in the back of the general public determine, Ellen T. Harris has spent years monitoring down the letters, diaries, own money owed, criminal situations, and different files hooked up to those bequests. the result's a tightly woven tapestry of London within the first half the eighteenth century, person who interlaces bright descriptions of Handel’s song with tales of loyalty, crafty, and betrayal.
With this utterly new method, Harris has accomplished anything more than biography. Layering the interconnecting tales of Handel’s neighbors just like the matters and countersubjects of a fugue, Harris introduces us to an formidable, clever, beneficiant, tremendous, and incorrect guy, hiding in complete view in the back of his public persona.
43 illustrations; three maps