Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought

Handel's Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought

by Ruth Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 052102370X

ISBN-13: 9780521023702

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this wide-r anging and challenging book, Ruth Smith claims that the words to Handel>'s oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realised. She explores eighteenth-century literature, music, aesthetics, politics and religion to reveal Handel>'s texts as conduits for the thought and sensibility of their…  See more details below

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In this wide-r anging and challenging book, Ruth Smith claims that the words to Handel>'s oratorios reflect the events and ideas of their time and have far greater meaning than has hitherto been realised. She explores eighteenth-century literature, music, aesthetics, politics and religion to reveal Handel>'s texts as conduits for the thought and sensibility of their time. The book thus enriches our understanding of Handel, his times, and the close relationship between music and its intellectual contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521023702
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. English Origins of English Oratario: 1. Artistic norms; 2. The purpose of art; 3. Music, morals and religion; 4. The biblical sublime; 5. The survival of the epic; 6. The defence of Christianity; 7. Towards oratorio; Part II. The Patriot Libretto from the Excise Bill to the Jew Bill: Israelite Oratarios and English Politics: 8. Political events and political thought; 9. Allegorical politics; 10. Moral politics; 11. Esther to Athalia; 12. In time of war; 13. Images of government; 14. The conflict of public and private interests; 15. Coda: the end of Handel's Israelite oratorios; Appendices; Notes; Index.

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