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By Howard E. Smither

Written via an eminent student in a method that represents American musicological writing at its communicative top, A historical past of the Oratorio deals a synthesis and significant appraisal so exhaustive and trustworthy that the intense scholar of the oratorio might be forced to appear to those volumes as an quintessential resource. No paintings at the heritage of the oratorio has but seemed within the English language that's similar in scope and remedy with Howard Smither's entire 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 heritage of the Oratorio, the writer has chosen for distinctive realization a couple of oratorios which are consultant of every geographical sector and interval. An exception to this strategy is within the part on Handel during this quantity, the place the entire composer's English oratorios are taken care of 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 background. even if this sequence was once initially introduced as a three-volume examine, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.

Originally released in 1977.

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Further, its total duration, more than thirty minutes, makes it comparable in length to a number of mid-century works of Italy that were called oratorios by their composers. Although Fromm is by no means among the better composers of his time, his music shows competence; he was clearly equal to the tasks of a cantor in the relatively small city of Stettin. Example 1—7 well represents the solo style of numbers 2 (from which it is taken), ii, and ι z. All three of these numbers are in arioso style 43.

The chorus finally joins the soloist in a victorious closing section. The Lutheran Historia and Passion 17 The Seven Words of Christ23 Perhaps the best known of Schiitz's works treated here is Die sieben Wortte unsers lieben Erlosers und Seeligmachers Jesu Christi so er am Stamm des Heiligen Creutzes gesprochen ("The Seven Words of Our Dear Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ Which He Spoke on the Holy Cross"), which dates from about 1645. Although it does not include the term historia in its title, it relates closely to the historia tradition.

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