Handel's notoriety as a borrower : plagiarism and English national identity
Murray, Nina M
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This thesis explores George Frideric Handel’s practice of musical borrowing, and the reasons for which Handel and his compositional approach have received such negative attention over the last three centuries. In considering the gradual association of imitation with plagiarism in eighteenth-century England, and Handel’s contentious position as an unprecedentedly popular, yet non-native figure of English national identity, it is found that the confluence of these two circumstances is responsible for the vast body of literature concerning Handel’s borrowing.
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