Definition of oratorio in English:


Pronunciation /ˌôrəˈtôrēˌō/ /ˌɔrəˈtɔriˌoʊ/ /ˌärəˈtôrēˌō/ /ˌɑrəˈtɔriˌoʊ/

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  • A large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices, typically a narrative on a religious theme, performed without the use of costumes, scenery, or action. Well-known examples include Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah, and Haydn's The Creation.


Italian, from ecclesiastical Latin oratorium ‘oratory’, from the musical services held in the Church of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome.