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When the eighteenth-century operatic soprano Francesca Cuzzoni (1696-1778) refused to sing an aria George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) had written for her, he grabbed her and said, "I know you are a she-devil, but I am Beelzebub, the king of all the devils, and I swear that if you don't sing that air this very minute, I'll throw you out of the window." 1 Although this anecdote might encourage feelings of sympathy for the singer, a closer examination reveals that Handel was very likely at hisdoi:10.20429/aujh.2018.080203 fatcat:xffhkwyzlva3za2yn5apospbe4