Handel in Cannons


Handel in Cannons — article from Early Music America

Early Music America Fall 2010

by Graydon Beeks, President of the American Handel Society

HANDEL CREATED his first two large scale dramatic works with English texts, Acis and Galatea and Esther, during the brief period when he enjoyed the patronage of James Brydges (1673-1744), who was from October 1714 the Earl of Carnarvon and from April 1719 the First Duke of Chandos. Research since the composer’s tercentennial in 1985 – 25 years ago – allows us to understand better the story behind the composition of these two landmark works, which will be featured at the American Handel Festival in Seattle, Washington, in March 2011…

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