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Thomas Arne, Judith: an Oratorio

McVeigh, Simon and Lynan, Peter, eds. 2016. Thomas Arne, Judith: an Oratorio. London: Stainer and Bell, for the Musica Britannica Trust. ISBN 978-0-85249-947-4 [Edited Book]

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Although Arne’s Judith of 1761 was commended by Charles Dibdin as an oratorio ‘that does honour to the English genius’, and was long recognised as an important adjunct of the Handelian form and perhaps the finest such work by a native composer before Elgar, the difficulty of establishing an authoritative performing version of the composer’s only surviving work in the genre has undoubtedly contributed to its neglect. Here published in a complete, critical edition for the first time, it seems entirely fitting that this true cultural monument of 18th-century Britain should be celebrated with the hundredth volume of Musica Britannica.

Item Type: Edited Book

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Summary of Performance History at http://www.musicabritannica.org.uk/volumes/mb100.html


oratorio, London, British music, eighteenth century

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September 2016

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13 Jul 2017 08:24

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13 Jul 2017 08:24

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20739
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