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A History of the Oratorio
Author: Howard E. Smither

ISBN: 9780807837740
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 507
Published: 1 April 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.6
Description:
Howard Smither has written the first definitive work on the history of the oratorio since Arnold Schering published hisGeschichte des Oratoriums in 1911. This volume is the first of a four-volume comprehensive study that offers a new synthesis of what is known to date about the oratorio.

Volume 1, divided into three parts, opens with the examination 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 special attention to the earliest works for which the term oratorio seems appropriate. The second part recounts the development of the oratorio in Italy, circa 1640-1720. It reviews the social contexts, patrons, composers, poets, librettos, and music of the oratorio in Italy, especially in Vienna and Paris.

The procedure adapted throughout the work is to treat first the social context, particularly the circumstances of performance of the oratorio in a given area and period, then to treat the libretto, and finally the music. For each geographic area and period, the author has selected...

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