By Howard E. Smither
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 unique cognizance to the earliest works for which the time period oratorio turns out applicable. the second one half recounts the improvement of the oratorio in Italy, circa 1640-1720. It stories the social contexts, consumers, composers, poets, librettos, and song of the oratorio in Italy, in particular in Vienna and Paris.
The strategy tailored through the paintings is to regard first the social context, relatively the situations of functionality of the oratorio in a given sector and interval, then to regard the libretto, and eventually the track. for every geographic zone and interval, the writer has chosen for detailed realization a number of oratorios that seem to be quite very important or consultant. He has confirmed the knowledge provided within the really good literature each time attainable through connection with the song or records. In a couple of parts, specific seventeenth-century Italy, within which rather few past reviews were undertaken or secondary assets have confirmed to be insufficient, the writer has tested the first resources in manuscript and published shape -- track, librettos, and records of early oratorio historical past. amazing learn and clever integration of disparate components 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 examine of oratorio historical past. even if 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 research of the heritage of the oratorio turns into the traditional paintings on its topic and a permanent contribution to tune and scholarship.
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A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 1: The Oratorio in the Baroque Era: Italy, Vienna, Paris by Howard E. Smither