By Howard E. Smither
In this quantity Smither discusses the Italian oratorio from the 1720s to the early 19th century and oratorios from different elements of Europe from the 1750s to the 19th century. Drawing on works that symbolize a number of kinds, languages, and geographical components, Smither treats the overall features of oratorio libretto and tune and analyzes twenty-two oratorios from Italy, England, Germany, France, and Russia. He synthesizes the result of really expert reports and contributes new fabric in accordance with firsthand examine of eighteenth-century tune manuscripts and revealed librettos.
Emphasizing the massive variety of social contexts in which oratorios have been heard, Smither mentioned examples in Italy corresponding to the Congregation of the Oratory, lay contrafraternities, and academic associations. He examines oratorio performances in German courts, London theaters and English provincial gala's, and the Parisian live performance spirituel. although the amount concentrates totally on eighteenth-century oratorio from the early to the overdue Classical types, Smither comprises such transitional works because the oratorios of Jean-Francios le Seur in Paris and Stepan Anikievich Degtiarev in Moscow.
A historical past of the Oratorio is the 1st full-length heritage of the style in view that Arnold Schering's 1911 examine. as well as synthesizing present considered the oratorio, this quantity contributes new info on relationships among oratorio librettos and modern literary and non secular suggestion, and at the musical transformations between oratorios from diverse geographical-cultural regions.
Originally released in 1987.
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A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 3: the Oratorio in the Classical Era by Howard E. Smither