The Handel Yearbook is the scholarly publication of the George Frideric Handel Society. It regularly publishes the papers of the International Scholarly Conferences, which are held annually as part of the Handel Festival in Halle and in cooperation with the Handel House Foundation. In addition, the Yearbook offers the report of the President of the George Frideric Handel Society, the text of the public festival lecture, integral part of the Handel festival calendar, statistics on staged performances of works by Handel, and an overview of new publications on the subject of Handel.
The Handel Yearbook has been published in this form since 1955. Between 1928 and 1933 there was already a series of six volumes of the Handel Yearbook, edited by Rudolf Steglich on behalf of the Handel Society. This association was founded in 1925 and dissolved in 1935. It considered itself the successor of the German Handel Society, which had already been initiated in 1856 by Chrysander and Gervinus in view of the jubilee year 1859.
The Handel Yearbook has been published by Bärenreiter since the 1996/1997 volume. It can be purchased online and in bookshops; members of the George Frideric Handel Society regularly receive the Handel Yearbook as a free membership gift. Since the 2020 volume, there is also an edition of the yearbook as an e-book (pdf) in addition to the printed version.