an extended musical composition with a text more or less dramatic in character and usually based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
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How to use oratorio in a sentence
From the opening bar to the close of the oratorio the club members listened entranced.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
It would be counted extravagant to buy a book, or a ticket to an oratorio or a concert to hear the best music.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
This oratorio, as it strikes me, has certain qualities both of sentiment and of expression.
I was sitting as I should sit at an oratorio, in devout and rapt contemplation.Parsifal | H. R. Haweis
If you can make use of the oratorio, I can send you all the parts written out, so that the outlay may be less for the poor.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2 | Lady Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for oratorio
a dramatic but unstaged musical composition for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, based on a religious theme
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Cultural definitions for oratorio
A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a religious story.
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