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Sing It!: Cantatas & Oratorios

Resources for Singers, Choral Directors, and Vocal Music Researchers

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

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.

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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