Music: Harmonious Boar

You have taken far too much trouble over your opera . . . What the English like is something that they can beat time to, something that hits them straight on the eardrum.

—Handel to Christoph Willibald Gluck

Nobody in his time understood the English eardrum better than George Frederick Handel, and nobody played on it with more conspicuous success. It was the wonder of his career that this adopted son who spoke a heavily Teutonic-flavored English and shaped his musical style after the Italians managed to leave his bulky imprint on England as no...

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