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Oct 29, 2024 | ISBN 9780385548267

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“Ecstatic, affecting, entirely weird, Handel’s Messiah indeed seems — as a listener wrote after its 1742 Dublin debut — “a species of music different from any other.”  With brio, Charles King pulls aside the curtain behind the work, to reveal the scandal and intrigue, opportunists and thugs, deep pain and soaring optimism, that Handel transmuted, in less than a month, into a sublime 130 pages.  A book of power and glory, brimming with emotion and dazzling in its reach.”—Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra and The Revolutionary

“A delicious history of music, power, love, genius, royalty and adventure. A study of creativity and humanism, beautifully told, filled with charm and worldliness, deeply researched and as compelling as a symphony with a full choir of amazing characters who sing their songs around the central figure of Handel himself. Unforgettable.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The World: A Family History of Humanity

“In Every Valley, Charles King shows in exquisite detail how George Frideric Handel’s epic work, the Messiah, sprang not from one solitary composer’s genius but out of the dramatic interplay of eighteenth-century lives and their times. Note by note, page by page, King takes us beyond an imagined Enlightenment to the sobering realities of a world that included the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Every Valley is a fascinating book, of interest to scholars and accessible to all readers.”—Henry Louis Gates Jr., author of Stony the Road

“Vividly depicting life in Britain during the turbulence of the 1700’s, Charles King celebrates Handel’s Messiah as a glorious beacon of hope.”—Elaine Pagels, National Book Award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels

“Charles King takes his readers on a mesmerizing journey of musical genius. There is only one Handel, and only one Messiah, and to understand how each was created is to become immersed in one of the most fascinating and creative moments in human history. King’s lyrical writing resonates long after the final note fades away.”—Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire

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