‘A thorough and excellent guide to the life and works of the great man’ Sunday Times


ISBN: 9780500286814 Category:

Christopher Hogwood


George Friedrich Handel remains one of the unchallenged geniuses of musical history. Yet many revealing and fascinating aspects of his work have been obscured by generations of adulation, prejudice or misinterpretation. In this book, Christopher Hogwood takes us back to the original Handel.

The result is a comprehensive and entertaining portrait of the developing character and career of Handel from his early years in Halle and Hamburg, through his apprenticeship in Italy, to the heyday of opera and oratorio in London.

An important chapter, ‘Handel and Posterity’, traces the progress of the Handel legend down to our own time, and a chronological table by Anthony Hicks outlines major events in the composer’s life and musical career. In this revised edition, Christopher Hogwood has added a detailed analysis of new insights into Handel since first publication.

Additional information

Weight 665 g
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 5 July 2007
Number of pages 324
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.7 x 23.4 cm
Weight 665 g
Christopher Hogwood is one of the greatest proponents of the early music movement, as well as a renowned conductor of twentieth-century works. His many publications include biographical studies of Haydn and Mozart (Thames & Hudson), a history of the trio sonata (BBC Publications), and investigations of British music. His book on Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks was published by Cambridge University Press.