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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 Transitional Decade II

The Transitional Decade II

Confusion, 1737–41

(p.257) Chapter Nine The Transitional Decade II

Donald Burrows

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers George Frideric Handel's career after the famous Covent Garden programme where he stood triumphant against the Opera of the Nobility. The period 1737–41 saw Handel switching between Italian opera and English oratorio in his work. He seemed to want to keep both options open, from season to season, developing one line or the other according to the opportunities that presented themselves. After writing and performing The ways of Zion do mourn for the funeral of Queen Caroline, Handel performed Faramondo and Serse, to prove to himself that he could repeat the intensity of the previous year's creative energy The chapter also describes how this period proved to be a turning point in his reputation with the London public. Although he would continue to have ‘enemies’ among influential opera patrons, he was becoming an accepted part of London life.

Keywords:   George Frideric Handel, Covent Garden programme, Opera of the Nobility, Italian opera, English oratorio, The ways of Zion do mourn, Queen Caroline, Faramond, Serse

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