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oratorio

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noun or·a·to·rio \ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌō, ˌär-\

Simple Definition of oratorio

  • : a large piece of music for a group of singers and musicians that is usually about a religious subject

Full Definition of oratorio

plural or·a·to·ri·os

  1. :  a lengthy choral work usually of a religious nature consisting chiefly of recitatives, arias, and choruses without action or scenery

Origin of oratorio

Italian, from the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri (Oratory of St. Philip Neri) in Rome


First Known Use: 1731



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