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If you tie Handelís hands by debarring him from the rendering of human emotion, and if you set Bachís free by giving him no human emotion to render ó if, in fact, you rob Handel of his opportunities and Bach of his difficulties ó the two men can fight after a fashion, but Handel will even so come off victorious.
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Handel and Bach, i.

 
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