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Overture to Stanley's Zimri
The overtures to oratorios were often in the same general form as an organ voluntary of the "Introduction and Fugue" type. Indeed, John Stanley (1713-1786) recycled one of his thirty published voluntaries for the organ as the overture to his oratorio Jephthah. While there is no evidence to suggest that the overture to Stanley's oratorio Zimri (1760) was ever an organ voluntary, and the fugue does not really lend itself to the organ, the Largo (first movement) translates rather well to the organ, so you may be interested in my reduction of it for the organ.
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