Julian's Jottings

Cambridge Handel Opera

August 2016Programme notes

‘I simply didn’t understand why my first entrance had to be on a motorbike.’

Esteemed opera colleague

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Musical Pies

April 2015Programme notesJulian Perkins

An introduction to the pasticcio...

'He takes other men's pebbles and polishes them into diamonds'. So said Boyce concerning Handel’s now notorious habit of incorporating music by other composers into his own works. But was such musical alchemy an unusual practice in the Baroque period?

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Old Wine in New Bottles … or New Wine in Old Bottles?

July 2014Programme notesJulian Perkins

There is a touching anecdote that illustrates Handel’s respect for Purcell. When told that a movement of Jephtha reminded the listener ‘‘of some of old Purcell’s music’’, Handel is said to have replied: ‘‘O got ter teffel. If Purcell had lived, he would have composed better music than this.’’

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