Handel's Semele: Genre, Context, and Character.Mumma, Christine.
Beyond the uncertainty of what George F. Handel's work Semele should be labeled is the larger question of why it exists at all and what it means. Handel had been struggling in the years leading up to the creation of Semele. Professional failures led to personal attacks; poor health and changing political as well as societal tastes combined to present Handel with real challenges. After a journey to... read more