A History of the Oratorio, Volume 3: The Oratorio in the by Howard E. Smither

By Howard E. Smither

The Oratorio within the classical Era is the 3rd quantity of Howard Smither's enormous History of the Oratorio, carrying on with his synthesis and significant appraisal of the oratorio. His entire examine surpasses in scope and therapy all prior works at the topic. A fourth and ultimate quantity, at the oratorio within the 19th and 20th centuries, is forthcoming.

In this quantity Smither discusses the Italian oratorio from the 1720s to the early 19th century and oratorios from different elements of Europe from the 1750s to the 19th century. Drawing on works that signify quite a few varieties, languages, and geographical components, Smither treats the final features of oratorio libretto and track and analyzes twenty-two oratorios from Italy, England, Germany, France, and Russia. He synthesizes the result of really expert stories and contributes new fabric in accordance with firsthand learn of eighteenth-century tune manuscripts and published librettos.

Emphasizing the massive variety of social contexts during which oratorios have been heard, Smither mentioned examples in Italy equivalent to the Congregation of the Oratory, lay contrafraternities, and academic associations. He examines oratorio performances in German courts, London theaters and English provincial fairs, and the Parisian live performance spirituel. even though the amount concentrates totally on eighteenth-century oratorio from the early to the overdue Classical kinds, Smither comprises such transitional works because the oratorios of Jean-Francios le Seur in Paris and Stepan Anikievich Degtiarev in Moscow.

A historical past of the Oratorio is the 1st full-length heritage of the style in view that Arnold Schering's 1911 learn. as well as synthesizing present considered the oratorio, this quantity contributes new info on relationships among oratorio librettos and modern literary and spiritual inspiration, and at the musical variations between oratorios from varied geographical-cultural regions.

Originally released in 1987.

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64. Lumbroso and Martini, Confraternité romane, pp. 441-45. 65. " According to Hill, "Florence HI," the other four confraternities mentioned here had similar traditions. " 66. " Italian Oratorio: Social Contexts 17 works sponsored, they clearly exceeded them in the sumptuousness of performances. The performances, normally given between Christmas and Easter, were free and open to the public and usually financed on an ad hoc basis by the brothers of a confraternity. Such performances also included larger and more varied orchestras than those of the Oratorians as well as better personnel, often including singers from the opera rather than the church musicians who performed in the Oratory.

App. A: Moyses in Nilo (1771). 104. 04. 105. Grosley, Italy, p. 64. 106. Burney, France and Italy, p. 139. 108 The conservatories of Naples, unlike those of Venice, trained only boys, some of whom became leading composers of opera and oratorio.

The sacred opera, or staged oratorio, remained exceptional, both as opera and as oratorio, and may be seen as a symptom of the social changes that, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, initiated the decline of the Italian oratorio. Italian and Latin Oratorio in Italy The number of oratorio performances that must have been given in Italy during the eighteenth century is staggering to contemplate. In Rome, for example, each of two oratories—at the Chiesa Nuova and the church of San Girolamo della Carita—appears to have sponsored about twenty to twenty-five performances per year (the majority in the second half of the century) as is shown later in this chapter; private patrons, colleges, confraternities, and other institutions also sponsored oratorios—perhaps five to ten per year—which would bring the annual Roman average to between forty-five and sixty performances.

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