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Ellen T. Harris
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Mr. Handel and His Friends: Music in the Context of 18th-Century London Life

Very little personal information survives about the life of composer George Frideric Handel, which gap hinders our understanding of the role his music played in London culture beyond its rather narrow place in court and public entertainments. Extensive documentary information on the lives of his closest, but little-known, friends in London, among whom are legatees in his will previously known in the Handel literature only as -shadowy recipients-, illuminates Handel’s own choices concerning investments, marriage and religion and offers a new picture of the composer and his music in the broader context of British mercantile society.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2007