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Singers' and Choral Directors' Bible: Cantatas & Oratorios

Resources for the classical singer, including how to find repertoire, translations, pronunciations, and pedagogical works. Choral music resources also are included.

Useful LC Call Numbers

CANTATAS

ORATORIOS

Analytical guides

MT 110+

Aesthetics

ML3867

Bibliography

ML128 .C15

Analytical guides

MT110+

History & criticism

ML2400, ML3260; try also ML410 biographies by composer's name.

Bibliography

ML128 .O45

Librettos

ML54+

History & criticism

ML3201+

National music

M1629.5

Librettos

ML53+

Sacred music

M2020+

Music

M2000+

Secular music

M1610

Full scores

M2000

Solo cantatas

M1611+

Vocal & chorus w/o

accompaniment

M2002

Unaccompanied

M2081+

Vocal scores w/piano or organ

M2003

Excerpts (piano or organ)

M2006 (collections)

M2007 (separate works)


Music "M" Class

 

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Useful LC Subject Headings

Cantatas.
Cantatas -- History and criticism.  [ML 2400 (Secular)]  [ML3260 (Sacred)]
Cantatas, Sacred.  [[M2020-M2036]
Cantatas, Sacred -- Excerpts -- Vocal scores with piano.
Cantatas, Sacred -- Vocal scores with piano.
Cantatas, Secular.  [M1530-M1546]
Cantatas, Secular -- Excerpts, Arranged.
Solo cantatas, Sacred.
Solo cantatas, Sacred (High voice) -- Scores.
Solo cantatas, Secular.
Solo cantatas, Secular (High voice) -- Vocal scores with continuo.
Solo cantatas, Secular (Medium voice) -- Scores and parts.

Oratorio.  [ML 3201-ML3251 (History)]  [ML 3867 (Aethetics)]
     B.T.  Church music.
     B.T.  Sacred dramatic music -- History and criticism.
Oratorios -- Analysis, appreciation.  [MT 110 - MT 115]
Oratorios, Arranged.
Oratorios, Excerpts, Arranged.

 

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Useful tips ...

Remember:

*To consider foreign language titles and spellings!

     B Minor Mass = Messe in H-Moll    
     Cantata = Kantate = Cantate    
     Christmas = Weihnacht = Noel
     Easter = Oster  
     Elijah = Elias
     Mass = Messe = Messa = Misa
     Messiah = Messias
     Oratorio = Oratorium
     St. Matthew Passion = Matthaus-Passion
     S. Paul = Paulus


*To consider thematic catalog numbers, esp. for Bach (BWV), Haydn (Hob.), Mozart (K.), Vivaldi (R.), and other prolific composers.

*To consider key signatures.

*To consider opus numbers.

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