Handel’s oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt — and also misunderstanding. This book, by music expert Calvin Stapert, will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel’s majestic Messiah, whether listeners are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence. Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah’s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel’s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text. For anyone seeking to appreciate Handel’s Messiah more, this informed yet accessible guide is the audiobook to have. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Adams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000667/bk_hove_000667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hallelujah, the new edition audiobook is the remarkable story of one of the greatest events in musical history, the creation of George Frederic Handel´s masterpiece, Messiah. Composed in just twenty-four days, Handel´s Grand Oratorio, which rendered him immortal, was birthed in the darkest and most desperate hours of his life. His health was failing. Critics ridiculed him. Creditors hounded him. Enemies persecuted him. Pride had nearly destroyed him. Yet, out of Handel´s night emerged the dawn of Messiah. Anyone who has thrilled at hearing the Hallelujah Chorus will feel ´´profound attachment´´ to Handel´s story of hope and redemption as timeless and poignant as the music itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David McAlister. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005840/bk_acx0_005840_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Harry Walsh is a young man on the make. He intends to become a famous singer, little knowing what dramas this will lead him through. He attaches himself to celebrity composer George Frederick Handel, maestro of the Italian opera and a favourite of royalty. But the aristocratic fashion for Handel is cooling. Opposing opera factions, one led by scheming castrato Senesino, knock the great man from his pinnacle. Meanwhile rival impresarios are capturing new audiences with vulgar burlesques and extravagant pleasure gardens. As Harry negotiates his way through these shifts in popular entertainment, his love life proves equally complicated. He develops a passion for Handel´s shy, young assistant, Peter, and finds himself tied into a triangle of love that slowly and painfully falls apart. Documenting the launch of the great oratorio, the Messiah, in Dublin, and capturing the self-absorbed world of the singer, this is a light-hearted account of the rise and fall of the Italian opera in Hanoverian London. It is also a well-observed story of confused sexuality and an adolescent yearning for self-esteem and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David J Shaughnessy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034047/bk_acx0_034047_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gracias a su valor pudo ser uno de los primeros músicos de su tiempo, pues su padre odiaba la música y se opuso rotundamente a la vocación de su hijo, quien la estudió en secreto, profundizando en ella hasta hacer de su música la síntesis de los diferentes estilos de la época barroca. Aunque se formó en Halle, su ciudad natal, trabajó en distintas capitales: Hamburgo, Roma, Hannover y Londres, aprendiendo de sus distintas escuelas y estilos. Probablemente debido a la temprana influencia paterna tenía un carácter impulsivo y marcadamente autoritario. En su trato personal era imperioso, arbitrario, ceñudo, brusco y dado a accesos de violencia, mención aparte de sus modales ordinarios, pues era muy glotón y se dice que comía de una manera repulsiva. Georg Friedrich Haendel fue uno de los grandes maestros de la música barroca. Su prolífica obra está muy influida por los países y músicos que conoció a lo largo de una vida marcada por el cosmopolitismo y la riqueza. Su profundo conocimiento de la mente humana, plasmado en la psicología de los personajes de sus obras dramáticas y la riqueza de las imágenes que sus composiciones provocan, presagian los caminos y los estilos de la música posterior. Son célebres sus oratorios, entre los que se incluyen famosos nombres como El Mesías, Sansón, Salomón y Música acuática, aunque en la actualidad cada vez más se intenta mostrar el resto de sus composiciones, especialmente las óperas. Unas y otras - que llegarían a sumar un total de 1.300 obras - influirían sobremanera en estudiosos y admiradores suyos de la altura de Mozart, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Beethoven o Haydn, quien diría de él: ´´Es el padre de todos nosotros´´. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. uncredited. http://samples.audible.de/bk/olst/000466/bk_olst_000466_sample.mp3.
In a joyous celebration of Christendom´s most sacred night, excerpts from Old Testament prophecies, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and Paul´s teachings are gathered into a unified whole to capture the wonder and majesty of Christ´s birth, the world´s anticipation of it, and its meaning for mankind.Interwoven with selections from Handel´s sublime Messiah, this is an extraordinary listening event that can be cherished year after year, and all year long. Make it a part of your family´s tradition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Various. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000679/bk_sans_000679_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An intimate portrait of Handel’s life and inner circle, modeled after one of the composer’s favorite forms: the fugue. During his lifetime, the sounds of Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself - known to most as the composer of Messiah - is a bit of a mystery. Though he took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts and even provided for their preservation on his death, very little of an intimate nature survives. One document - Handel’s will - offers us a narrow window into his personal life. In it, he remembers not only family and close colleagues but also neighborhood friends. In search of the private man behind the public figure, Ellen T. Harris has spent years tracking down the letters, diaries, personal accounts, legal cases, and other documents connected to these bequests. The result is a tightly woven tapestry of London in the first half of the 18th century, one that interlaces vibrant descriptions of Handel’s music with stories of loyalty, cunning, and betrayal. With this wholly new approach, Harris has achieved something greater than biography. Layering the interconnecting stories of Handel’s friends like the subjects and countersubjects of a fugue, Harris introduces us to an ambitious, shrewd, generous, brilliant, and flawed man, hiding in full view behind his public persona. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020691/bk_adbl_020691_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is one of those remarkable courses thoughtful Catholics like you have clamored for. An insightful and enjoyable survey of the entire Old Testament in 36 lively lectures you can experience while driving or at home. Throughout the ages, the Old Testament has shaped both culture and belief, while calling forth astounding creativity, fostering deeply held religious convictions and inspiring breathtaking masterworks of art, music, and literature - from Michelangelo´s David to Handel´s Messiah and Milton´s Paradise Lost. The Old Testament can be known as a magnificent whole, yet often you encounter it mainly through worship readings that are limited in number and may be out of context. While they have value even then, their power to teach, inform, and sustain faith only becomes greater when you, as a listener, become as well informed about them as you can be. Giving you that wonderful sense of the Old Testament as a magnificent whole is what Father Guinan´s wise, warm talks are all about. They invite you on an adventure of the mind and soul with the aim of discovering the inner greatness and beauty of these 46 grand Biblical books anew. After receiving a thorough grounding in basics, you will explore elements of the history, literature, culture, theology, and spirituality that these books teach us, and that make up so much of what the Christian faith means today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fr. Michael D. Guinan OFM PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000125/bk_nykm_000125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.