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 varieties, languages, and geographical parts, Smither treats the overall features of oratorio libretto and song and analyzes twenty-two oratorios from Italy, England, Germany, France, and Russia. He synthesizes the result of really expert stories and contributes new fabric in keeping with firsthand examine of eighteenth-century song manuscripts and revealed 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 gala's, and the Parisian live performance spirituel. even though the quantity concentrates totally on eighteenth-century oratorio from the early to the overdue Classical types, Smither contains such transitional works because the oratorios of Jean-Francios le Seur in Paris and Stepan Anikievich Degtiarev in Moscow.
A background of the Oratorio is the 1st full-length heritage of the style seeing that 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 adjustments between oratorios from assorted geographical-cultural regions.
Originally released in 1987.
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