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Memoirs of the Life of the late
London, R & J Dodsley, 1760
An account of the musical performances in Westminster Abbey and the Pantheon, May 26th, 27th, 29th; and June the 3d and 5th, 1784. In commemoration of Handel.
London : Printed for the benefit of the Musical Fund and sold by T. Payne, 1785
f * ML410.H13.B9
John Mainwaring's biography of Handel was the earliest published. Charles Burney recorded an account of the five day extravaganza of concerts commemorating Handel. Among the events was a gargantuan performance of the Messiah with a chorus numbering into the hundreds. The background image to this page depicts (where visible) the seating arrangements for a portion of the men's chorus. Burney included portraits of the composer, including one that served as a model for Handel's memorial in Westminster Abbey.
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