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A large-scale, usually narrative musical work for orchestra and voices, typically on a sacred theme, performed without costume, scenery, or action. Well-known examples include Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah, and Haydn's The Creation.
- ‘In fact, the work as a whole is more on the scale of an oratorio like Handel's Messiah than of any typical jazz recording.’
- ‘He was also influential in introducing Handel's oratorios to the Boston public.’
- ‘She has performed in many operas, operettas, musicals and oratorios.’
- ‘He also performed numerous songs, oratorios and cantatas.’
- ‘Born in Edinburgh, he was a violinist, conductor and teacher whose compositions included operas, oratorios, songs, concertos, chamber and orchestral works.’
Italian, from ecclesiastical Latin oratorium ‘oratory’, from the musical services held in the church of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Rome.
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