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Handel's Operas 1726-1741

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(Dean and Knapp had parted ways even before the publication of their work, and Knapp's attempt at a second volume was left incomplete at his death in 1993; his unfinished typescript, however, has been made available to selected research libraries by the American Handel Society.) With the publication of his own second volume, Dean has completed what must surely rank among the most ambitious undertakings in modern musicology: the systematic documentation and assessment of all of Handel's thirty-nine surviving operas. The second epilogue, which has already sparked debate in some quarters, discusses modern staging practices, encouraging "historically oriented" productions, based on study of the scores "in relation to Handel's theatre," as opposed to modernized productions in which the director attempts to impose his or her " 'concept' on a Handel opera" (Dean asks whether a director of such a production supposes that he or she is "breathing life into a corpse," p. 490).

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