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I Wonder…

First, I am sorry for the lack of new entries in a week.

I noticed a very few people downloaded the samples I offered. So I wonder if it is because you don’t like to download, or the file format or the music don’t interest you. I would appreciate your comments the people who visit the blog could be tempted to give a look to those samples.  So, please, drop me a word about it.  I know this  blog has a limited number of visitors but, still, to not download the music – or part of it – is missing a the show.

Regards,

Handelbaroque

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New Ideas

I am thinking to add some new thematic entries on the blog. Here what I see:

Monday: Composer of the Week. Here I intend to present work of a selected composer all along the week.

Wednesday: Saint Cecilia’s Benediction: Instrument of the Week. Each Wednesday, I will try to highlight a specific instrument.

Saint Cecilia's Benediction: Instrument of the Week

Friday: Hidden Gem. This one is self-explanatory. I will put off some dust from an unknown or a minor composer but who deserves a better recognition. It can also be an unknown or underrated work  from a known composer.

I intend too to review some CDs.

So there will be new interesting entries in the future.

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Greetings everyone. This blog is devoted mainly to 18th century classical music. However, I will not stop myself to look before and after that great century (circa 1650-1830). I will bring here news of the classical music industry (related for this period) but mostly my goal is to share with you the musical marvels of that era and the composers who composed them.

Does it mean I will only talk of Handel since it is the name of the blog? Of course not. Handel – with Haydn and Beethoven- remain my favorite composers. However, I highly enjoy to look around for musical gems from other composers.

For information, the two paintings I am using to decorate the blog are:

The Attributes of Music by Anne Vallayer-Coster (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Vallayer-Coster), c. 1770 (inspired possibly by a similar  painting from Chardin, 1765).

Saint Cecilia with a Choir by Domenichino (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Zampieri), undated.

N.B.: As a french-speaking canadian, I am not completely fluent in english so my sentences may not be perfect. Please excuse me for those imperfections. I decided to write in english so I could reach more classical music fans. It would be too a good way to improve my english writing skills.

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