The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel

Edward Blakeman

The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel is Edward Blakeman’s engaging and easy-to-use pocket guide, published in the anniversary year of the celebrated composer’s death.

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The Faber Pocket Guide to Handel offers a detailed but accessible exploration of George Frederick Handel, his composition, and his legacy. A larger-than-life figure in his time, Handel’s reputation has been less than steady since his death in 1759. Was he (in the words of Berlioz) just ‘a great barrel of pork and beer’, or (as Handel himself claimed) truly ‘the master of us all’? Now, more than 250 years after his death, there is more interest in Handel than ever before, with his operas (such as Rinaldo and Agrippina) experiencing fantastic renewed popularity. This lively Pocket Guide goes in search of the composer who wrote the Messiah, Water Music – and much more.

Handy for browsing and reference, key features include:
– Handel’s life: year by year
– Handel’s operas: a complete guide
– Essential Handel
– Picturing Handel
– Handel on CD and DVD
– Handel Online

Edward Blakeman assesses how Handel’s works have stood the test of time and why they can still speak thrillingly to us today. With recommendations throughout for listening, further reading, and web surfing, this is the ideal guide for music lovers who want to discover the great composer for themselves.


Edward Blakeman is a commissioning and programme Editor at BBC Radio 3, where his responsibilities include overseeing the broadcasts of the annual season of BBC Proms. Before joining the BBC, he freelanced as a flute player, writer and presenter, and was Head of the Wind Department at the London College of Music. He is a member of the Council of…

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