A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 4: The Oratorio in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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UNC Press Books, Sep 1, 2012 - 856 páginas
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With this volume, Howard Smither completes his monumental History of the Oratorio. Volumes 1 and 2, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1977, treated the oratorio in the Baroque era, while Volume 3, published in 1987, explored the genre in the Classical era. Here, Smither surveys the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century oratorio, stressing the main geographic areas of oratorio composition and performance: Germany, Britain, America, and France.

Continuing the approach of the previous volumes, Smither treats the oratorio in each language and geographical area by first exploring the cultural and social contexts of oratorio. He then addresses aesthetic theory and criticism, treats libretto and music in general, and offers detailed analyses of the librettos and music of specific oratorios (thirty-one in all) that are of special importance to the history of the genre.

As a synthesis of specialized literature as well as an investigation of primary sources, this work will serve as both a springboard for further research and an essential reference for choral conductors, soloists, choral singers, and others interested in the history of the oratorio.

Originally published 2000.

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PART II The Twentieth Century
629
Epilogue to A History of the Oratorio
713
Appendix A Checklist of TwentiethCentury Oratorios
717
Bibliography
725
Index
805
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Howard E. Smither is James Gordon Hanes Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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