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Texan Makes the Case for Handelian Pathology


by Olin Chism 1 Apr 2009

It is well known that George Frideric Handel, the composer of Messiah and other beloved oratorios, was a portly man. But was his case actually more severe than music historians have let on? Was he, in fact, a compulsive eater and drinker? Alas, it seems so. But don’t judge him harshly. He apparently was the […]

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It is well known that George Frideric Handel, the composer of Messiah and other beloved oratorios, was a portly man. But was his case actually more severe than music historians have let on? Was he, in fact, a compulsive eater and drinker? Alas, it seems so. But don’t judge him harshly. He apparently was the innocent victim of a pathological disorder. He also may have been inadvertently poisoning himself. A Texas scholar makes the case in London.

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