Employment Contracts circa 1703

I recently bought a CD in Rome which reconstructs a musical contest between Haendel and Scarlatti at the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano in 1709.  From the liner notes: "[I]n 1703, Haendel accompanied Mattheson to Lubeck on a visit to Dietrich Buxtehude, who then held the official post of organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral there.  However, like Bach a few years later, Haendel was less than thrilled at the idea of being the old master’s successor due to a ‘certain clause’ concerning marriage to the daughter of the outgoing organist."

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