The Trumpet Shall Sound

A Novel

Eibhear Walshe

A historical novel focused on Handel during his exile to Dublin, in the run-up to the first performance of Messiah, as failure and loss becomes transformed into sacred music by the genius of Handel's musical imagination.
Date Published :
August 2019
Publisher :
Somerville Press
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781999997052
Pages : 208
Stock Status : In stock


It is 1742 and the celebrated composer Georg Handel is in Dublin for the first performance of Messiah. Once the most successful composer of opera in London - feted by aristocracy and royalty alike - Handel is now penniless, recovering from illness, and out of favor, exiled to Dublin. With him and due to sing in his Messiah is the celebrated young actress, Susannah Cibber, the subject of scandal and public disgrace, on the run from an abusive husband.

In this exciting historical novel, Walshe recounts Handel's time in Dublin, his sometimes shady role as emissary and spy for the Elector of Hanover (who in 1714 would become George I of Great Britain and Ireland) and his doomed first love affair. With energy and insight, this novel leads up to the first performance of the most celebrated work of sacred music, with failure and loss transformed in a moment by the genius of Handel's musical imagination.