Definition of oratorio
: a lengthy choral work usually of a religious nature consisting chiefly of recitatives, arias, and choruses without action or scenery
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For more than a century, the performance of great oratorio has been defined in Cincinnati by a chorus that stands on risers and sings.
The multistyled piece was anchored by a powerfully moving, beautifully sung oratorio.
Papa Haydn's masterful oratorio also happens to be one of the Chicago Symphony Chorus' signature pieces.
The group gave the oratorio its Chicago premiere nearly 40 years ago and made one of its earliest recordings.
Founded in 1977, the group performs concerts ranging from the classics of opera, oratorio and the concert stage to American and European folk and spiritual music.
In contrast, Trinity’s Handel Project, a new multiyear survey of Handel’s oratorios, shapes up as a more improvisatory affair, to judge from its opening concert last Wednesday.
The choir, formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale, is thinking big for its seventy-fifth-anniversary season, with a concert of Bach’s mammoth oratorio, a musical rendering of the Passion of Jesus Christ, in all its terrifying majesty.
Israel in Egypt, assigned the catalog number HWV 54, is an oratorio, a form in which Handel excelled.
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Origin and Etymology of oratorio
Italian, from the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri (Oratory of St. Philip Neri) in Rome
First Known Use: 1724See Words from the same year
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Definition of oratorio for English Language Learners
: a large piece of music for a group of singers and musicians that is usually about a religious subject
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