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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Standard Oratorios, by George P. Upton This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Standard Oratorios Their Stories, Their Music, And Their Composers Author: George P. Upton Release Date: September 28, 2007 [EBook #22793] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE STANDARD ORATORIOS *** Produced by David Newman, Stephen Hutcheson and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net THE Standard Oratorios THEIR STORIES, THEIR MUSIC, AND THEIR COMPOSERS _A Handbook_ BY GEORGE P. UPTON CHICAGO A. C. McCLURG AND COMPANY 1893 Copyright By A. C. McClurg and Co. A.D. 1886. PREFACE. The "Standard Oratorios" is intended as a companion to the "Standard Operas;" and with this purpose in view the compiler has followed as closely as possible the same method in the arrangement and presentation of his scheme. The main object has been to present to the reader a comprehensive sketch of the oratorios which may be called "standard," outlining the sacred stories which they tell, and briefly indicating and sketching their principal numbers, accompanied in each case with a short biography of the composer and such historical matter connected with the various works as is of special interest. The compiler has also included in his scheme a sketch of the origin and development of the Oratorio as illustrated in its three principal evolutionary stages, together with descriptions of several works which are not oratorios in the strict sense, but at the same time are sacred compositions written upon a large scale and usually performed by oratorio societies, such as Bach's "Passion Music" and "Magnificat," Berlioz's, Mozart's, and Verdi's Requiems, Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise," Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum," Schumann's "Paradi
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