Definition of oratorio in English:

oratorio

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

nounoratorios

  • 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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

oratorio

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