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Donald Burrows

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737369.001.0001

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The Oratorio Composer II

The Oratorio Composer II

Towards Victory, 1745–9

(p.379) Chapter Twelve The Oratorio Composer II

Donald Burrows

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the 1745–9 Lenten opera season of George Frideric Handel, who despite having health issues, still continued to compose music. Handel's works of this period centred on heroes and battles, as influenced by the Jacobite rising of 1745. It describes how Handel's latest composition, Occasional Oratorio, was performed three times between 14 and 26 February at Covent Garden, constituting his complete ‘season’. According to an account of the Earl of Shaftesbury, the procedure seems to have restored Handel's spirits and finances. Handel then joined the 1747 Lenten opera season where he performed his new compositions: Judas Maccabaeus, Alexander Balus, and Joshua, all of which received high praise. Managing to present eleven performances, the season seems to have restored Handel's position as a regular contributor to London's musical life. This continued in 1748 and 1749 when he was able to compose Concerti a due cori, Solomon, and Sussana.

Keywords:   Lenten opera season, George Frideric Handel, Jacobite rising of 1745, Occasional Oratorio, Earl of Shaftesbury, Judas Maccabaeus, Alexander Balus, Joshua, Concerti a due cori

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