By Howard E. Smither

ISBN-10: 0807812943

ISBN-13: 9780807812945

ISBN-10: 080783775X

ISBN-13: 9780807837757

Written by means of an eminent student in a mode that represents American musicological writing at its communicative most sensible, A heritage of the Oratorio deals a synthesis and significant appraisal so exhaustive and trustworthy that the intense scholar of the oratorio could be pressured to seem to those volumes as an imperative resource. No paintings at the historical past of the oratorio has but seemed within the English language that's similar in scope and remedy with Howard Smither's accomplished four-volume work.

The first a part of quantity 2 examines intensive the antecedents and origins of the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the 17th century. It comprises discussions of the Lutheran Historia, sacred dramatic dialogues, and the Lubeck Abendmusiken of Buxtehude. the second one half treats the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the early eighteenth century and examines Handel, Reinhard Keiser, and J.S. Bach. The 3rd half considers essentially the English oratorios of Handel. In such a lot sections of A historical past of the Oratorio, the writer has chosen for specific cognizance a couple of oratorios which are consultant of every geographical zone and interval. An exception to this strategy is within the part on Handel during this quantity, the place all the composer's English oratorios are handled absolutely with specific connection with fresh really expert Handel studies.

Volume 1, The Oratorio within the Baroque period: Italy, Vienna, Paris, and quantity three, The Oratorio within the classical Era, extend and proceed the examine of oratorio historical past. even supposing this sequence used to be initially introduced as a three-volume research, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.

Originally released in 1977.

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