By Howard E. Smither
Volume 1, divided into 3 elements, opens with the exam of the medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque antecedents and origins of the oratorio, with emphasis on Rome and Philip Neri's Congregation of the Oratory and with unique realization to the earliest works for which the time period oratorio turns out applicable. the second one half recounts the advance of the oratorio in Italy, circa 1640-1720. It stories the social contexts, consumers, composers, poets, librettos, and tune of the oratorio in Italy, particularly in Vienna and Paris.
The strategy tailored during the paintings is to regard first the social context, relatively the situations of functionality of the oratorio in a given quarter and interval, then to regard the libretto, and at last the tune. for every geographic sector and interval, the writer has chosen for distinct cognizance a couple of oratorios that seem to be really very important or consultant. He has established the data provided within the really good literature at any time when attainable through connection with the tune or records. In a couple of components, specific seventeenth-century Italy, during which really few prior reviews were undertaken or secondary assets have confirmed to be insufficient, the writer has tested the first resources in manuscript and published shape -- song, librettos, and records of early oratorio heritage. striking examine and clever integration of disparate parts make this complex, diffuse topic either readable and obtainable to the coed of music.
Volume 2, The Oratorio within the Baroque period: Protestant Germany and England, and quantity three, The Oratorio within the Classical Era, proceed and extend the learn of oratorio background. even supposing this sequence used to be initially introduced as a three-volume examine, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.
This new work--the first English-language examine of the heritage of the oratorio becomes the traditional paintings on its topic and an everlasting contribution to tune and scholarship.
Originally released in 1977.
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