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Handel recovering: fresh light on his affairs in 1737

Chrissochoidis, I.; (2008) Handel recovering: fresh light on his affairs in 1737. Eighteenth Century Music , 5 (2) pp. 237-244. 10.1017/S1478570608001504. Green open access


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The summer and autumn of 1737 remain a foggy patch in Handel biography owing to poor documentation and Handel’s absence from London. We do not know whether his illness led to a rapprochement with the ‘Nobility’ opera, how his visit to Aix-la-Chapel complicated the new opera season or, especially, whether these developments relate to Farinelli’s defection to Spain. This shaky factual ground also restricts our understanding of later events such as Handel’s lucrative benefit in March 1738 and the celebrated Roubiliac statue in Vauxhall Gardens. Thanks to surviving issues of the Daily Advertiser, however, we now can replenish the documentary pool and re-examine Handel’s affairs and their context during this period.

Type: Article
Title: Handel recovering: fresh light on his affairs in 1737
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1478570608001504
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1478570608001504
Language: English
Additional information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/19071
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