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Tainted Glory in Handel's MessiahThe Unsettling History of the World's Most Beloved Choral Work$
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Michael Marissen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194586.001.0001

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(p.1) I Introduction
Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah

Michael Marissen

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses issues of method in writing about music, arguing against pure formalism and mere aesthetics, and also against excessive presentism when pursuing questions of meaning.

Keywords:   aesthetics, formalism, presentism

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