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Handel's Israelite Oratorio Libretti: Sacred Drama and Biblical Exegesis

Deborah W. Rooke

Abstract

Handel's Israelite oratorios are today little known among non-specialists, but in their own day they were unique, pioneering and extremely popular. Dating from the period 1732–52, they combine the musical conventions of Italian opera with dramatic plots in English that are adaptations of Old Testament narratives. They are thus a form of biblical interpretation, but to date, there has been no thoroughgoing study of the theological ideas or the attitudes towards the biblical text that might be conveyed in the oratorios' libretti. This book therefore aims to fill that gap from an interdisciplinar ... More

Keywords: George Frideric Handel, Israelite oratorios, oratorio libretti, Old Testament narratives, biblical interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279289.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah W. Rooke, author
Research Fellow in Bible and Music, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford