Definition of oratorio in English:

oratorio

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nounplural noun oratorios

  • 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.

Pronunciation

oratorio

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

Origin

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