This landmark reference was first published in 1910. Almost a century later, even though Handel’s works have regained a prominent place in today’s music, Romain Rolland’s Handel remains as relevant as ever. "One hundred years ago" explains Dominique Fernandez in his preface, "people saw Handel as someone who was starchy, pompous, dull$$ a "wig", and even a little moth-eaten. [...] He was something of an official musician for whom grandiloquence was a natural component. Such was the idea people had of Handel when Romain Rolland published his monograph. At the time, he was 44 years old and he already had a sizeable body of literary and musicological work behind him, not to mention a foray into painting. Only Proust, his contemporary, showed as much passion for music. However, unlike the author of In Search of Lost Time, Romain Rolland’s preferences included opera and oratorio, and it is understandable that Handel, by the epic proportions of his works and the religious faith which inspired them, would become one of his favourite composers." The result was a highly relevant, beautifully written and well-formulated book which repositions Handel the humanist not far from Beethoven, to whom he would be in many ways the most obvious precursor.