... But Handel’s harmony affects the soul,
To sooth by sweetness, or by force controul;
And with like sounds as tune the rolling spheres,
So tunes the mind, that ev’ry sense has ears.
When jaundice jealousy, and carking care,
Or tyrant pride, or homicide despair,
The soul as on a rack in torture keep,
Those monsters Handel’s music lulls to sleep.
an anonymous poem in The Gentleman's Magazine (May 1740)
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Handel at Boughton: enjoy a stroll through Boughton’s gardens followed by performances from the Paris dance company Les Corps Eloquents and counter-tenor James Laing, as well as the chance to see the exhibition 'Handel at Boughton'
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Applications are invited for this year's three-day summer school on editing, reception history and organology at the Händel-Haus Halle. The deadline is 30 June 2016 Further details...
Details of the 2017 International Handel Research Prize have been published. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2017.
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