Handel And The Orchestra

What sort of ear did Handel have for orchestral colour? What factors dictated his choice of instruments in an aria?

Looking back to a time when the orchestra was yet to be standardised, Catherine Bott considers the subject with music from Handel's operas and oratorios, including Giulio Cesare, Riccardo Primo and Saul.

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What sort of ear did Handel have for orchestral colour? What factors dictated his choice of instruments in an aria?

Looking back to a time when the orchestra was yet to be standardised, Catherine Bott considers the subject with music from Handel's operas and oratorios, including Giulio Cesare, Riccardo Primo and Saul.