A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 1: The Oratorio in the by Howard E. Smither PDF

By Howard E. Smither

Howard Smither has written the 1st definitive paintings at the heritage of the oratorio because Arnold Schering released his Geschichte des Oratoriums in 1911. This quantity is the 1st of a four-volume accomplished learn that provides a brand new synthesis of what's identified to this point in regards to the oratorio.

Volume 1, divided into 3 components, 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 specified cognizance to the earliest works for which the time period oratorio turns out acceptable. the second one half recounts the improvement of the oratorio in Italy, circa 1640-1720. It reports the social contexts, buyers, composers, poets, librettos, and song of the oratorio in Italy, in particular in Vienna and Paris.

The approach tailored during the paintings is to regard first the social context, fairly the conditions of functionality of the oratorio in a given quarter and interval, then to regard the libretto, and eventually the song. for every geographic sector and interval, the writer has chosen for designated recognition a number of oratorios that seem to be quite vital or consultant. He has proven the knowledge provided within the really expert literature each time attainable by way of connection with the tune or records. In a couple of parts, specific seventeenth-century Italy, during which rather few earlier reviews were undertaken or secondary assets have confirmed to be insufficient, the writer has tested the first assets in manuscript and revealed shape -- tune, librettos, and files of early oratorio heritage. outstanding learn and clever integration of disparate parts make this advanced, diffuse topic either readable and available 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 heritage. even though this sequence was once initially introduced as a three-volume learn, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.

This new work--the first English-language examine of the background of the oratorio becomes the traditional paintings on its topic and a permanent contribution to song and scholarship.

Originally released in 1977.

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