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Handel at the Court of Kings Study Guide


Handel at the Court of Kings Study Guide

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Publisher: Zeezok Publishing

Author: Judy Wilcox

Illustrator: Mary Greenwalt

List Price: Paperback $4.95

Ages: All Ages

Reviewed By: Jean Hall

After singing selections from Handel in our choir, we were very interested to read his biography, part of a series of biographies of the great composers that is being reprinted by Zeezok publishers. We had all sorts of questions, like, "How did The Messiah happen to be written in English, if Handel was German?" and "How did Handel come to live in England, composing music for the King of England?" We were fascinated to learn that Bach and Handel were contemporaries, though apparently they never met. And what a tragedy for the world of music if Handel had become a lawyer, as his father wished, and not a musician!

Opal Wheeler's biography is delightful in itself, but the accompanying study guide by Judy Wilcox supplies welcome background information about the people, places, and events touched upon in the biography. The 32-page study guide begins with a map of the major cities Handel visited, and for each chapter there is a timeline of major events in the composer's life, comprehension questions, and answers with page references, a discussion of character qualities exhibited by the composer in the current chapter, and "Tidbits of Interest" or additional details. These additional details are great background reading, either for a parent who is reading the biography aloud to younger children, or for an older student who wants or needs to know more about the locations, culture, and people, and more in-depth discussion of the anecdotes recounted. (For example, "George's singing with the wandering minstrels mortified his father. Doctor Handel really wanted George to pursue an education in law, not in music. `Musicians at that period were regarded as a class of vagabonds, occupying a position even lower than that of servants.'")

Two pages of endnotes give sources, and the book ends with a brief Glossary of Musical Terms. Black and white illustrations, some taken from the accompanying biography, and others illustrating people, places, and objects of the time, are sprinkled throughout the book.

We have enjoyed using the Study Guide together with Handel at the Court of Kings and the Companion CD with its selections from the composer's work and coloring pages, in getting to know a great composer a little better. Please see related reviews for more information.
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Available From: Zeezok Publishing
Address: PO Box 1960, Elyria OH 44036
Phone: 800.749.1681
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Jean Hall
Jean Hall, a Christian home educator with three daughters, enjoys writing stories and music. Her family's interests include reading together, art, gardening, volkswalking and pets: two cats and a Giant Schnauzer.
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