Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
The Handel Monument in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Listeners today may be troubled to learn that many of their favorite Handel works are—to some degree—indebted to other composers for their source material.
Some have called Handel’s recycling of other composers’ music creative borrowing. Others call it plagiarism.
But, as 19th century author Samuel Butler said, in his assessment of Handel: “Honesty consists not in never stealing, but in knowing where to stop in stealing, and how to make good use of what one does steal.”
In this hour, you'll hear the evidence and decide for yourself.
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