The life and works of Handel, who with Bach, was one of the two greatest composers of his time. This is inclusive, scholarly handling -- a book for the serious student rather than the popular biography reader. Handel travelled considerably during his formative years, and carried the influence of these countries in his music --from his native Germany are the predilections and means of his creative art, from Italy his most nature operatic style, and from his forty years in England the spirit of all his instrumental music and the essence of the Biblical and secular oratories. Here is the historical backdrop, his famous teachers and friends, royal patronage, his prolific creation of sonatas, concertos, operas, oratorios, his bankruptcy and failure, and declining health and concentration on sacred music. For music shelves.