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Memoirs of the Life of the Late George Frideric Handel

Richard Wistreich

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Contents

Title Page

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Birth and First Adventure of the Six Year Old

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First Test at the Duke of Saxe-Weißenfels

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Decision to Foster His Musical Talent

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Apprenticeship in Halle with Zachau

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At Court in Berlin with Buononcini and Ariosti

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Refusal of the Kings Sponsorship

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The Hamburg Opera

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Situation at the Hamburg Opera

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Squabbles in Hamburg and a Commission

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Handel's Operas in Hamburg

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Contact with a Tuscan Prince

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Setting Out for Italy

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A Glance at Music in Italy and in France

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Florence

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Rodrigo

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Venice

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Agrippina

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Rome Encounters with Corelli

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Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno

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Encounters with Alessandro & Domenico Scarlatti

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At the Cardinals Colonna & Pamphilii / Attempts at Conversion / La resurrezione

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More of Italy

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Engagement at the Hanoverian Court / Visits to Halle & Düsseldorf

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First Journey to London / State of Music There

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Rinaldo and a Sketch of the Librettist Rossi

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Back in Hanover

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Second Journey to England

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Handel's Unwillingness to Return to Germany / The Elector of Hanover Becomes King of England

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Water Music

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Acquaintance with Lord Burlington, Pope and the Duke of Chandos

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To Dresden in Quest of Singers

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Radamisto

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Academy at the Haymarket Theatre

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Quarrels with Senesino & Cuzzoni

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A Company with Heidegger / New Singers from Italy / Move to Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Move to Covent Garden / Crisis of Self-Confidence

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Cure in Aachen

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New Attempts at the Haymarket Theatre

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A Turn of Attention to Oratorio

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Dublin (Messiah Benefit Concert)

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Return to London / Applause for Oratorios

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Messiah for the Foundling Hospital / Death

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Blindness / Loss of Appetite / The Character of the Man to Explain the Artist

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Catalog of Works Overview & General Remarks

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List of Works

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Observations on the Works

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Quotation with a Comparison of German and Italian Styles / Handel's Preference for the Italian

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Italian Music Since Palestrina

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Interaction Between Handel & the Italians / Handel's Particular Mastery in Choral & Sacred Music

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Value of Harmony and Melody in Instrumental & Vocal Music

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Uneven Success in Handel

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Tartini as Example of Vocal Writing for Instruments

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Importance of Textual Considerations in Composition

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Exceptional Nature of Handel's Choral Music Not Withstanding Pope's Criticism

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Effects of Handel's Oratorio Style (Messiah)

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Particular Effect of Recitative in Expressing Religion & Humanity

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Duets & Trios as Perfect Composition (Acis and Galatea)

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Qualities of Instrumental Music

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Keyboard Music

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Place and Significance of Religion & Humanity in Handel's Works

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Exemplary Character of Handel's Works

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