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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
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Die Skepping, 'n Afrikaanse oratorium geskryf deur Deon Opperman en Janine Neethling, verklank 'n soortgelyke argument in teks en musiek.
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.
One notable exception, however, was Friedrich Wolf who paid tribute to the universalist teaching of Muhammad in his drama Mohammed: Ein Oratorium.