Handel's elderly father discouraged his music as intolerably noisy; it was a persistent, sympathetic aunt who took him to church to hear the organ and got him a clavichord to play in the attic. Only when the older Handel's renown (after he removed a knife from the chest of the boy who had swallowed it) led to his being summoned to court as the duke's surgeon was his son's genius discovered. Disarmingly told in a humorous style that painlessly incorporates a lot of social history, this possibly apocryphal tale's provenance is explained in a note that admirably distinguishes between likelihood and fact. The well-researched illustrations recall Andrew Glass's exuberant style. A lively, entertaining dip into music history. References.