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By Howard E. Smither

ISBN-10: 0807825115

ISBN-13: 9780807825112

With this quantity, Howard Smither completes his enormous History of the Oratorio. Volumes 1 and a couple of, released by way of the college of North Carolina Press in 1977, handled the oratorio within the Baroque period, whereas quantity three, released in 1987, explored the style within the Classical period. the following, Smither surveys the background of 19th- and twentieth-century oratorio, stressing the most geographic parts of oratorio composition and function: Germany, Britain, the United States, and France.

Continuing the technique of the former volumes, Smither treats the oratorio in every one language and geographical sector through first exploring the cultural and social contexts of oratorio. He then addresses aesthetic concept and feedback, treats libretto and track typically, and provides specific analyses of the librettos and song of particular oratorios (thirty-one in all) which are of targeted significance to the background of the genre.

As a synthesis of specialised literature in addition to an research of basic resources, this paintings will function either a springboard for extra study and a vital reference for choral conductors, soloists, choral singers, and others attracted to the background of the oratorio.

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News of the overwhelming effect of the work traveled fast, and subsequent performances were sung by choral societies in Frankfurt am 63. Schünemann, Zelter, p. 20. 64. Geck, Matthäuspassion, p. 15. 65. , p. 17. Geck cites Eduard Devrient, Meine Erinnerungen an Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy und seine Briefe an mich, 2d ed. (Leipzig, 1872), pp. 19f. 66. In the version performed, many recitatives, arias, and chorales were cut and numerous modifications introduced. For details, see Geck, Matthäuspassion, pp.

68. Original in Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 7 (1830): 79. 83. Geck, Matthäuspassion, pp. 68 – 69. Marx’s comments originally in Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 7 (1830): 99. 84. Mendelssohn to Franz Hauser, 16 April 1830. Cited in Geck, Matthäuspassion, p. 42; and Kurzhals-Reuter, Mendelssohn, p. 54, n. 28. ) 85. Kurzhals-Reuter, Mendelssohn, p. 54. 86. As translated in Merrick, Revolution and Religion, pp. 19 –20. For the German, see Liszt’s “Über zukünftige Kirchenmusik: Ein Fragment” in Liszt, Schriften, 2:56.

To our astonished generation it has been granted to view the fatherland in the moments of its highest brilliance. No one can believe that the triumph of German power, which we now celebrate with uplifted feelings [is] a consequence of accidental circumstances. It rests on long and serious preparations through the work of the German spirit, which German power has toughened and directed. Also art has its part in this work and its effects. One of its most noble blossoms is oratorio. ” 44 Considering the political developments in nineteenth-century Germany and the strong current of nationalism, it is no accident that heroic Germans of the distant past, including those mentioned by Arndt in 1806, were glorified in oratorios.

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