Introduce your young reader to the composer who developed the English oratorio and crafted the magnificent Messiah. With clarity and admirable simplicity, Handel at the Court of Kings traces the many-sided career of George Frederic Handel, whose restless nature vied always with his tremendous ability as a composer and director. Follow Handel through his strange boyhood, clouded by the fact his father did not want him to become a musician, and the later years when, thanks to the patronage of a generous duke, his music was played before the greatest music lovers of Europe. The book includes selections of Handel's music best understood and most apt to be mastered by young musicians.
Laurie Detweiler, one of Veritas's founders, still remembers receiving a few of these books on the great composers one Christmas from her grandparents. They enchanted her, and when she saw these gems were back in print, she wanted to share them with your family. The Opal Wheeler Series, written more than 50 years ago, is among the first biographies of great composers penned for children. The series pulls back the curtain to reveal the lives and times behind these classical giants, exploring the people, places, and events that influenced the masters and the beautiful music they created.