By Howard E. Smither
Continuing the method of the former volumes, Smither treats the oratorio in every one language and geographical quarter via first exploring the cultural and social contexts of oratorio. He then addresses aesthetic concept and feedback, treats libretto and song ordinarily, and gives special analyses of the librettos and tune of particular oratorios (thirty-one in all) which are of designated 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 necessary reference for choral conductors, soloists, choral singers, and others drawn to the heritage of the oratorio.
Originally released 2000.
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