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Handel as Orpheus

Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas

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$35.50 • £28.95 • €32.00

ISBN 9780674015982

Publication Date: 09/30/2004

Academic Trade

448 pages

135 musical examples, 9 halftones, 9 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on the Musical Examples
  • Prologue: “The Ways of the World”
  • 1. Code Names and Assumed Identities
  • 2. Women’s Voices/Men’s Voices
  • 3. Pastoral Lovers
  • 4. Cantata Couples and Love Triangles
  • 5. Silence and Secrecy
  • 6. Culmination of the Private
  • Epilogue: “True Representation”
  • Appendix 1: Cantata Chronology
  • Appendix 2: Texts and Translations of the Continuo Cantatas
  • Bibliographic Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Title Index of Handel’s Cantatas, Duets, and Trios
  • General Index

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