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Donald Burrows


Handel's compositions form one of the peaks of creative achievement in the Baroque period, and cover a remarkable range. His compositional processes were often complex, but could result in accessible and memorable 'hit tunes'.His life and career were as remarkable as his music. Born in Germany to a family that reputedly tried to discourage his initial interest in music, he broke away to seek his fortune in Italian opera. A series of career moves brought him via Hanover to London, where he settled and dominated the city's musical life for half a century. He quickly made his mark in English chur ... More

Keywords: George Frideric Handel, Baroque period, Italian opera, English theatre oratorio, English church music, organ concerto

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Burrows, author
Professor, Open University, Bedford, UK