REF ML134.B1 M45 1998
Melamed, Daniel R. An introduction to Bach studies. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Chapter 3 “Bach’s life” 3.2 Documentation-3.3 biographies of J.S Bach, especially 3.3.1 "Primary and early biographies, p. 31-32.
OVERVIEW OF PRIMARY SOURCES: HANDEL
Mus Ref Book ML134.H16 P37 2005
Parker, Mary Ann. G.F. Handel : a guide to research. 2nd edition. New York : Garland, 2005.
Chapter 2. Handel’s life and his works in general: 1. Eighteenth-Century Handel Biographies p. 37-43. Nice brief explanation of the issues surrounding the development of literary biography in England at this time vs Germany and the impact on sources. (p. 37) 2. Biographies, comprehensive studies, and collections of essays: p. 43-52. Note: Parker's list is not chronological.