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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 classic literature ?
Some of you, too, have been to "Pageants," and some may even have been to an oratorio, which last may have been sung in a church.
And it is from these very early monkish plays that the theater with its different kinds of plays, that pageants and even oratorios have sprung.
The sweetest music is not in the oratorio, but in the human voice when it speaks from its instant life tones of tenderness, truth, or courage.
Men are not well pleased with the figure they make in their own imaginations, and they flee to art, and convey their better sense in an oratorio, a statue, or a picture.
They took her to the ancient concerts by way of a treat, and to the oratorio, and to St.
The genius of nature was paramount at the oratorio.
Caleb was very fond of music, and when he could afford it went to hear an oratorio that came within his reach, returning from it with a profound reverence for this mighty structure of tones, which made him sit meditatively, looking on the floor and throwing much unutterable language into his outstretched hands.
We were perpetually talking of our Oratorios, and they were perpetually talking of their Symphonies.
She had considerably improved her mind by study; she had not only read all the modern plays, operas, oratorios, poems, and romances--in all which she was a critic; but had gone through Rapin's History of England, Eachard's Roman History, and many French Memoires pour servir a l'Histoire : to these she had added most of the political pamphlets and journals published within the last twenty years.
It was no longer beans that I hoed, nor I that hoed beans; and I remembered with as much pity as pride, if I remembered at all, my acquaintances who had gone to the city to attend the oratorios. The nighthawk circled overhead in the sunny afternoons -- for I sometimes made a day of it -- like a mote in the eye, or in heaven's eye, falling from time to time with a swoop and a sound as if the heavens were rent, torn at last to very rags and tatters, and yet a seamless cope remained; small imps that fill the air and lay their eggs on the ground on bare sand or rocks on the tops of hills, where few have found them; graceful and slender like ripples caught up from the pond, as leaves are raised by the wind to float in the heavens; such kindredship is in nature.
The famed oratorio Messiah by Baroque composer George Handel is coming to Dubai Opera on December 8, 260 years after Handel's death.
The Rochester Oratorio Society has named Eric Kesler as its first executive director.