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Music and theatre in Handel's world : the family papers of James Harris, 1732-1780

Author: Donald Burrows; Rosemary Dunhill; James Harris
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"James Harris (1709-80) was an author of philosophical treatises and an enthusiastic amateur musician who directed the concerts and music festivals at Salisbury for nearly fifty years. His family and social circle had close connections with London's music-making: his brother was a witness to Handel's will, and his correspondents sent him lively reports on all aspects of musical life in the capital - opera, oratorio,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
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Named Person: Harris family; Harris (Family); James Harris; George Frideric Handel; James Harris
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Burrows; Rosemary Dunhill; James Harris
ISBN: 0198166540 9780198166542
OCLC Number: 45799657
Description: xliv, 1212 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; PRESENTATION OF DOCUMENTS; PART 1: 1732-1759; PART 2: 1760-1780; APPENDIX 1: LIBRETTOS; APPENDIX 2: CORRESPONDENTS; GENEALOGICAL TABLES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX OF PERSONS; GENERAL INDEX
Responsibility: Donald Burrows and Rosemary Dunhill.
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This title offers first-hand descriptions of 18th-century theatre from philosopher and musician, James Harris (1709-80). There are: anecdotes about Handel and his music; exchanges of letters with  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""James Harris (1709-80) was an author of philosophical treatises and an enthusiastic amateur musician who directed the concerts and music festivals at Salisbury for nearly fifty years. His family and social circle had close connections with London's music-making: his brother was a witness to Handel's will, and his correspondents sent him lively reports on all aspects of musical life in the capital - opera, oratorio, concerts, but also about the leading performers, music copyists, and instrument makers. In 1761 Harris became a member of Parliament and thereafter divided his time between London and Salisbury. His letters and diaries provide an unrivalled record of concert- and theatre-going in London, including exchanges of letters with David Garrick about a production at Drury Lane. As his children grew up an engaging family correspondence emerged. We learn of his daughters' involvement in concerts and amateur theatrical productions; his son, who pursued a diplomatic career, reported on operas, concerts, and plays from the courts of Frederick the Great and Catherine the Great. Now, for the first time, it is possible to enjoy in full the lively first-hand descriptions from Harris's family papers, which contribute fascinating insights into contemporary eighteenth-century musical and theatrical life."--BOOK JACKET."
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