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 characterize a number of kinds, languages, and geographical parts, 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 good reports and contributes new fabric according to firsthand learn of eighteenth-century song manuscripts and published librettos.
Emphasizing the massive variety of social contexts during which oratorios have been heard, Smither mentioned examples in Italy reminiscent of the Congregation of the Oratory, lay contrafraternities, and academic associations. He examines oratorio performances in German courts, London theaters and English provincial fairs, and the Parisian live performance spirituel. although the amount concentrates totally on eighteenth-century oratorio from the early to the overdue Classical kinds, Smither comprises 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 given 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 spiritual concept, and at the musical adjustments between oratorios from diverse geographical-cultural regions.
Originally released in 1987.
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