Oratorio meaning

ôrə-tôrē-ō, ŏr-
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A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a usually sacred story without costumes, scenery, or dramatic action.
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A long, dramatic musical composition, usually on a religious theme, consisting of arias, recitatives, choruses, etc. sung to orchestral accompaniment but without stage action, scenery, or costumes.
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(music) A musical composition on a religious theme; similar to opera but with no costume, scenery or acting.
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Origin of oratorio

  • Italian after Oratorio , the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri at Rome, where famous musical services were held in the 16th century

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian oratorio (“oratorical").

    From Wiktionary