Handel and Music 115 their work. I feel the presence of Handel behind every note of his music. Handel a Conservative He left no school because he was a protest. There were men in his time, whose music he perfectly well knew, who are far more modern than Handel. He was opposed to the musically radical tendencies of his age and, as a musician, was a decided conservative in all essential respects—though ready, of course, to go any length in any direction if he had a fancy at the moment for doing so. Handel and Ernest Pontifex It cost me a great deal to make Ernest [in The Way of All Flesh] play Beethoven and Mendelssohn ; I did it simply ad captandum. As a matter of fact he played only the music of Handel and of the early Italian and old English composers —but Handel most of all. Handel's Commonplaces It takes as great a composer as Handel—or rather it would take as great a composer if he could be found—to be able to be as easily and triumphantly commonplace as Handel often is, just as it takes—or rather would take—as great a composer as Handel to write another Hallelujah chorus. It is only the man who can do the latter who can do the former as Handel has done it. Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician is unable to under- stand him. Handel and Dr. Morell After all, Dr. Morell suited Handel exactly well—far better than Tennyson would have done. I don't believe even Handel could have set Tennyson to music comfortably. What a mercy it is that he did not live in Handel's time 1 Even though Handel had set him ever so well he would have spoiled the music, and this Dr. Morell does not in the least do.