oratorio definition

  • noun:
    • A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a sacred tale without costumes, scenery, or remarkable activity.
    • A musical structure on a religious theme; much like opera however with no costume, scenery or acting.
    • A more or less remarkable text or poem, established on some Scripture nerrative, or great divine occasion, elaborately set-to music, in recitative, arias, grand choruses, etc., to be sung with an orchestral accompaniment, but without action, scenery, or costume, even though oratorio grew out of the Mysteries in addition to Miracle and Passion performs, of acted.
    • Efficiency or rendering of these a composition.
    • A place of worship; a chapel; an oratory.
    • a type of extensive musical composition, more or less remarkable in character, based upon a religious (or sometimes a heroic) theme, and meant to be done without dramatic activity and views.
    • the language or text of an oratorio; an oratorio libretto.
    • a musical composition for voices and orchestra centered on a religious text

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