... 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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Recent News and Current Events
On Thursday 28 April from 6 – 7.30pm Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will give a talk on 'Lessons in Madness: Orlando furioso on the Operatic Stage' at the British Academy, 10–11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH.
Further details and booking information...
The British Library continues to make Handel's autograph scores available online.
New book on Handel and the Stage by David Kimbell (Cambridge University Press)
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