A droll biography reveals the high notes and the low notes in the life of the world s foremost composer of Baroque music.
This is not your usual picture book biography. Nor was George Frideric Handel your everyday eighteenth-century composer. This witty and yet rigorously researched and accessible biography captures Handel s essential spirit from a child who smuggled a clavichord into the attic to play music against his father s orders to a young man who imported forty-five pounds of mountain snow to chill wine for a gala as well as his remarkable, enduring musical triumphs. But M. T. Anderson also shows Handel s struggles and chronicles the illness, ill fortune, and despair that led to his greatest achievement, the Messiah. With impeccable detail and a wink at the reader, Kevin Hawkes illustrates the singular story of Handel and the music through which he lives on."
Handel, Who Knew What He Liked