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The second volume of the Fitzwilliam Handeliana series is largely made up of hitherto unfamiliar - and in some cases previously unidentified - 18th-century keyboard arrangements of Handel's music contained in the manuscript collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. It includes a fine keyboard arrangement of Handel's Alexander's Feast concerto grosso, and also an edition of the Fitzwilliam Museum's autograph manuscript source of Handel's Sonata in C for clock-organ. In addition to various arrangements of Handel's music from Floridante, Tamerlano, Samson and Saul, this issue also features Handelian tributes in the form of two unascribed Sarabandes, and music by Roman, one of Handel's most devoted followers. Fitzwilliam Handeliana 2 notably also includes high-resolution facsimiles of some of the source materials used.
“The collection also provides a well-chosen grouping of pieces that are enjoyable in their own right. The printing is perfectly clear and the volume has been excellently laid out for use at the keyboard. The editing, as one would expect of this eminent scholar, is always illuminating without ever being intrusive, and the textual notes give a full account of the editorial method and the provenance and detail of the scores. Gerald Gifford's informative introduction is, as ever, an invaluable asset to this volume, which should form a key element of the performer's and scholar's library.”