English Oratorio


Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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  • oratorio — [[t]ɒ̱rətɔ͟ːrioʊ, AM ɔ͟ːr [/t]] oratorios N COUNT An oratorio is a long piece of music with a religious theme which is written for singers and an orchestra. ...Handel s oratorio Samson …   English dictionary

  • oratorio — UK [ˌɒrəˈtɔːrɪəʊ] / US [ˌɔrəˈtɔrɪˌoʊ] noun [countable] Word forms oratorio : singular oratorio plural oratorios music a long piece of classical music for singers and an orchestra, usually based on a religious story …   English dictionary

  • oratorio — /awr euh tawr ee oh , tohr , or /, n., pl. oratorios. 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,… …   Universalium

  • Oratorio — An oratorio is a large musical composition including an orchestra, a choir, and soloists. Like an opera, an oratorio includes the use of a choir, soloists, an ensemble, various distinguishable characters, and arias. However, opera is musical… …   Wikipedia

  • Oratorio —    A sacred drama set to music, whose appearance at the turn of the 17th century coincides with the invention of opera and whose aesthetics and conventions closely parallel that genre. At first heard in prayer halls of certain Roman churches… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • Oratorio de Birmingham — Cúpula de la iglesia del Oratorio. Tipo Oratorio Advocación Inmaculada Concepción …   Wikipedia Español

  • oratorio — (n.) long musical composition, usually with a text based on Scripture, 1727 (in English from 1640s in native form oratory), from It. oratorio (late 16c.), from Church L. oratorium (see ORATORY (Cf. oratory) (n.2)), in reference to musical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • oratorio — n. musical composition for choir and orchestra based on religious writings; musical genre of religious compositionsor·a·to·ri·o || ‚ɑrÉ™ tÉ”rɪəʊ ,‚ɔ /‚ɒ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • English art song — The composition of art song in England and English speaking countries has a long history, beginning with lute song in the late 16th century and continuing today.English Art song in the 17th CenturyThe composition of polyphonic music was at its… …   Wikipedia

  • oratorio — /ɒrəˈtɔrioʊ / (say oruh tawreeoh) noun (plural oratorios) 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… …   Australian English dictionary

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