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or·a·to·ri·o

 (ôr′ə-tôr′ē-ō′, ŏr′-)
n. pl. or·a·to·ri·os
A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a usually sacred story without costumes, scenery, or dramatic action.

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

oratorio

(ˌɒrəˈtɔːrɪəʊ)
n, pl -rios
(Classical Music) a dramatic but unstaged musical composition for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, based on a religious theme
[C18: from Italian, literally: oratory2, referring to the Church of the Oratory at Rome where musical services were held]

or•a•to•ri•o

(ˌɔr əˈtɔr iˌoʊ, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌɒr-)

n., pl. -ri•os.
an extended musical work usu. based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
[1625–35; < Italian: small chapel < Late Latin ōrātōrium oratory2; so named from the musical services of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome]

oratorio

A work for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, usually of a religious or contemplative nature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oratorio - a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
classical, classical music, serious music - traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
Translations

oratorio

[ˌɒrəˈtɔːrɪəʊ] N (oratorios (pl)) (Mus) → oratorio m

oratorio

[ˌɒrəˈtɔːriəʊ] noratorio m

oratorio

n (Mus) → Oratorium nt

oratorio

[ˌɒrəˈtɔːrɪəʊ] n (Mus) → oratorio
References in periodicals archive ?
Die Skepping, 'n Afrikaanse oratorium geskryf deur Deon Opperman en Janine Neethling, verklank 'n soortgelyke argument in teks en musiek.
In my case that has meant everything from various electro-acoustic collage approaches (Christmas Meditation, Oratorium dectranicum) through counter-posing a choral ensemble and instrumental ensemble (Vitkov Oratorio) all the way to something else that I have hugely enjoyed and where I feel I've touched something I'd been in search of for a long time.
It certainly helps, though, if it generates the kind of commitment and attention to detail reflected on Saturday in conductor Colin Baines' exuberant, energising direction and the excellent choral discipline of the BCU and its Dutch guests, Heemsteedse Christelijke Oratorium Vereniging.
He had been given a seat in the gallery of the oratorium, next to the six-year-old Crown Prince; hidden away where no-one could see him, he, the only foreign monarch who had had the courtesy to come to Hungary for the coronation.
Pliny the Younger affirms that silence was part of the teaching of rhetoric: "At times it is no less eloquent to be silent than to speak" (Letters VII, 6, 7) ("Non minus interdum oratorium est tacere quam dicere").
Or else in my electronic piece Oratorium electronicum I took the word "krles" (Kyrie eleison in old Czech) and derived the word "lez" (lie) from it by vowel similarity, and let the two words sound in parallel.