By Howard E. Smither
The first a part of quantity 2 examines intensive the antecedents and origins of the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the 17th century. It contains 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 certain awareness a couple of oratorios which are consultant of every geographical zone and interval. An exception to this process is within the part on Handel during this quantity, the place the entire composer's English oratorios are handled absolutely with specific connection with contemporary really good 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 if this sequence was once initially introduced as a three-volume research, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.
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