By Howard E. Smither
In this quantity Smither discusses the Italian oratorio from the 1720s to the early 19th century and oratorios from different components of Europe from the 1750s to the 19th century. Drawing on works that signify numerous varieties, languages, and geographical parts, Smither treats the final features of oratorio libretto and track and analyzes twenty-two oratorios from Italy, England, Germany, France, and Russia. He synthesizes the result of really expert reviews and contributes new fabric in response to firsthand examine of eighteenth-century track manuscripts and revealed librettos.
Emphasizing the massive variety of social contexts in which oratorios have been heard, Smither mentioned examples in Italy resembling 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 quantity concentrates totally on eighteenth-century oratorio from the early to the past due Classical types, Smither contains such transitional works because the oratorios of Jean-Francios le Seur in Paris and Stepan Anikievich Degtiarev in Moscow.
A heritage of the Oratorio is the 1st full-length historical past of the style due to the fact Arnold Schering's 1911 examine. as well as synthesizing present thought of the oratorio, this quantity contributes new info on relationships among oratorio librettos and modern literary and non secular suggestion, and at the musical modifications between oratorios from varied 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