At the very core of Handelian
opera lies the Inauthentic Personality, well fertilized with lurid appetites of power lust and vacuous stupidity.
Whether the antagonism between the two groups--opera-lovers and supporters of Handelian
oratorio--is more rhetorical than practical (in the sense of being based on deliberate acts of opposition) has yet to be determined.
The volume falls logically into four distinct sections--Musical Cultures, Societies, National Music and Methods--across which topics range chronologically from Peter Holman's fascinating discussion of the 'long method' of orchestral direction first established at the Handelian
oratorios of the mid-eighteenth century (The Conductor at the Organ, or How Choral and Orchestral Music was Directed in Georgian England', pp.
and Other Librettos in Birmingham Central Library." Music & Letters 65.2 (1984): 141-67.
On the other hand, one should not be a nit-picker and one of those people who have lost the chance to pursue an active musical career and so turned to criticising--as the star of this album once described Czech music critics in a television documentary some years ago--and there is no reason not to let go and be carried along in the Handelian
flow created by the brilliant combination of Magda Kozena and the terrific musicians from Venice (the strings are especially spellbinding).
The sonatas, apart from Opus 1, were innovatory being modelled on those of Rameau (1683-1784)--thus departing from the favoured Handelian
style--and later copied by other northern composers.
The scale of these works varies considerably, from the three-movement no.5, with its closing Pastorale complete with obligatory drone bass lasting under 6 minutes in total, to no.4, which takes over 18 minutes, its broad Handelian
opening Andante being followed by a kind of Siciliano in which the 12/8 upper parts are accompanied by a bass line in simple common time.
Miss Arne was to become the Handelian
singer and celebrated tragic actress Susanna Cibber, and Gustavus Waltz was also to work regularly with Handel and enjoy a long and solid career; the others were strictly nonentities and remained so.
Short works by Mozart and Handel gave the final flourish, the choir showing off bright Handelian
colours, boding well for their performance of The Messiah, which you can catch on December 12.
New York's annual Mostly Mozart Festival offered, over two successive August weekends, two quite different ways--one fairly fancy, one nominally plain--of dealing with Handelian
The first Avertissement of the treatise states that the principles outlined in the Method come from the school of the famous Antonio Maria Bernacchi (1685-1756), a famed Handelian
alto castrato, who taught many renowned singers, including Anton Raaff and Tomasso Guarducci (1720-1770).
As the introduction to Haydn's Symphony No.85 La Reine rang out - with just the right touch of Handelian
pomp and grandeur.