Written by way of an eminent student in a mode that represents American musicological writing at its communicative top, A historical past of the Oratorio deals a synthesis and significant appraisal so exhaustive and trustworthy that the intense pupil of the oratorio might be pressured to seem to those volumes as an crucial resource. No paintings at the historical past of the oratorio has but seemed within the English language that's related in scope and remedy with Howard Smither's complete four-volume work.
The first a part of quantity 2 examines extensive the antecedents and origins of the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the 17th century. It contains discussions of the Lutheran Historia, sacred dramatic dialogues, and the Lubeck Abendmusiken of Buxtehude. the second one half treats the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the early eighteenth century and examines Handel, Reinhard Keiser, and J.S. Bach. The 3rd half considers basically the English oratorios of Handel. In so much sections of A heritage of the Oratorio, the writer has chosen for specified realization a number of oratorios which are consultant of every geographical quarter and interval. An exception to this technique is within the part on Handel during this quantity, the place the entire composer's English oratorios are handled totally with specific connection with fresh really expert Handel studies.
Volume 1, The Oratorio within the Baroque period: Italy, Vienna, Paris, and quantity three, The Oratorio within the classical Era, extend and proceed the examine of oratorio background. even if this sequence was once initially introduced as a three-volume learn, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.
Originally released in 1977.
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