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Handel's Bestiary
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A charming book exploring acclaimed novelist Donna Leon's love of Handel and her expertise in medieval bestiaries

About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of twenty novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. She has lived in Venice for thirty years.

Michael Sowa's illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and Die Zeit, in addition to a great many books.

Alan Curtis was born in Mason, Michigan, in 1934. In 1979 he founded Il Complesso Barocco, an ensemble dedicated to Baroque music on original instruments.

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International Praise for "Handel's Bestiary" "A wonderful book. A compendium colorfully illustrated by Michael Sowa, to be enjoyed not only by musical connoisseurs." --"Der Spiegel" (Germany) "What Leon tells us is a real joy, and many of the details are unfamiliar. If as you read you listen to the music by Il Complesso Barocco that accompanies it, you are in for a sensual treat - and one which will also broaden your horizons." --"Stern" (Germany) "The book, wittily illustrated by Michael Sowa, is accompanied by a CD of arias recorded by Il Complesso Barocco. A real tour de force!" --"News" (Austria) "As an expert on medieval bestiaries - moral lessons and fables about animals - she cleverly describes how Handel portrays specific characteristics of these animals in his music. Naturally a CD with all twelve animal arias is included - musical fun, with enchanting pictures by the German painter and illustrator Michael Sowa." --"Hamburger Abendblatt" (Germany)

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