This is the most serious and useful collection yet published of solo arias from oratorios, masses and cantatas. The literature was confined to work by major composers, and by-passes the dated oratorio literature found in previous collections. The most famous music is here, and so is interesting and less famous music by masters. There are new music engravings for each aria, and extensive historical notes and translations. Solo instrumental obbligato parts, which can be cut from the book, are included on appropriate selections. Contents: Ach, mein Sinn from St. John Passion (Bach); Behold, and see if there be any sorrow; But Thou didst leave His soul in hell from Messiah (Handel); Benedictus from Mass in B minor (Bach); Comfort ye, my people; Ev'ry valley shall be exalted from Messiah (Handel); Cujus animam from Stabat Mater (Rossini); Deposuit potentes from Magnificat (Bach); Domine Deus from Missa Solennelle (Rossini); Domine, ego credidi from Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Sa?ns); Fac me cruce custodiri from Stabat Mater (Haydn); Frohe Hirten, eilt, ach eilet from Christmas Oratorio (Bach); Geduld, Geduld from St. Matthew Passion (Bach); Gentle airs, melodious strains! from Athalia (Handel); Gratias agimus tibi from Messa di Gloria (Puccini); Hier steht der Wand'rer nun from The Seasons (Haydn); If with all your hearts from ELIJAH (Mendelssohn); Ingemisco from Messa di Requiem (Verdi); Meine Seele ist ersch?ttert from Christ on the Mount of Olives (Beethoven); Mit W?rd' und Hoheit angetan from the Creation (Handel); Peccator videbit from Beatus Vir (Vivaldi); Quia fecit mihi magna from Magnificat (C.P.E. Bach); Sanctus from St. Cecilia Mass (Gounod); Sei getreu bis in den Tod from St. Paul (Mendelssohn); Sound an alarm! from Judas Maccab?us (Handel); Strikke des Todes from Hymn of Praise (Mendelssohn); Te ergo qu?sumus from Te Deum Laudamus (Bruckner); The enemy said from Israel in Egypt (Handel); Then shall the righteous shine forth from ELIJAH (F. Mendelssohn); Thou shalt break them from Messiah (Handel); Total eclipse from Samson (Handel); Waft her, angels from Jephtha (Handel).