noun, plural or·a·to·ri·os.
Origin of oratorio
Examples from the Web for oratorio
Thenceforward he devoted himself to oratorio, in which he made his name famous for all time.The Standard Oratorios|George P. Upton
Of course they were both singers, giving recitals together, like the Henschels, and appearing in concert and oratorio.Vocal Mastery|Harriette Brower
He then went to London and prepared himself for oratorio under Randegger.Sixty Years of California Song|Margaret Blake-Alverson
The Christus oratorio was given at the first concert of the festival at Heidelberg.Musical Memories|Camille Saint-Sans
Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old-remembered joy.
noun plural -rios
Word Origin for oratorio
"long musical composition, usually with a text based on Scripture," 1727 (in English from 1640s in native form oratory), from Italian oratorio (late 16c.), from Church Latin oratorium (see oratory (n.2)), in reference to musical services in the church of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome, where old mystery plays were adapted to religious services.
A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a religious story.