A more or less dramatic text or poem, founded on some Scripture nerrative, or great divine event, elaborately set to music, in recitative, arias, grand choruses, etc., to be sung with an orchestral accompaniment, but without action, scenery, or costume, although the oratorio grew out of the Mysteries and the Miracle and Passion plays, which were acted.
Performance or rendering of such a composition.
A musical drama or narrative or operatic-like work, normally performed without costumes or scenery, with a Biblical text, composed for soloists and chorus (with alternating pieces such as arias, narrator, recitative, choruses, etc.), accompanied by instruments. [KRB, PAL
an unstaged drama or narrative of Biblical events composed for voices (alternating aria, narrator, recitative, full chorus, etc.) and accompanied by instruments.
Multi-movement work for soloists, chorus and orchestra or ensemble, with a sacred, dramatic text
A musical piece for the solo singers, chorus, and orchestra, usually includes words from the bible.
(English) A musical entertainment usually on a sacred subject and including recitatives, arias, choruses, and an overture.
A large genre for choir, orchestra, and soloists that was most popular during the Baroque period. Oratorios are very similar to operas, except that the subject matter is sacred, and the action is not staged. Composers include Handel and Haydn. ( Lesson 11, Page 1) HEAR IT
Multi-movement setting of a sacred text, usually with emphasis on choral movements. Similar to opera , though the subject matter is sacred and there is no scenery, costumes, or acting. The most famous oratorio is Handel's Messiah (1741).
Lengthy choral work consisting of recitatives, arias and choruses without action or scenery
a large vocal work similar to an opera; but it is neither staged nor acted out
Originally, a setting of an extended religious narrative (and since c1800, nonreligious ones as well) for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra, intended for concert or church performance without costumes or stage settings; c1600 to present.
a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text
a composition for orchestra , soloists and choir
a large-scale composition for soloists, choir, and orchestra
a musical setting of religious incidents scored for an orchestra, choir, or solo voices on a scale larger and more dramatic than a cantata
a musical work that tells a story
an extended musical setting of a sacred text made up of dramatic, narrative and contemplative elements
a sacred work for chorus and orchestra that consists of several sections or "movements
a story, sung to music, with instrumental accompaniment, but without scenery, costumes or action
Long dramatic piece, with neither sets nor dramatic action, and performed by soloists, chorus, and orchestra.
an extended music drama with text based on religious subject matter, usually performed without scenery or costumes
musical composition consisting of an extended setting of a religious text
A work in which religious texts often with a narrative content are set for performance by singers and instruments.
Large-scale dramatic genre originating in the Baroque, based on a text of religious or serious character, performed by solo voices, chorus and orchestra; similar to opera but without scenery, costumes or action.
a musical setting, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, of an extended story, of a religious or contemplative nature, performed in a concert hall or church, without scenery, costumes, or physical action pitches: a term referring to the high-low quality of a musical sound. The pitch is determined by the frequency of the tone, i.e., the number of vibrations per second
A musical composition (generally not staged) for chorus, orchestra and soloists, whose text is generally religious, serious or philosophical in nature; a long version of a cantata. It was to oratorio that Handel turned when the English public turned sour on his staged operas, although the story line and characterisation of the oratorios are often totally operatic. MESSIAH and ISREAL IN EGYPT are oratorios; JULIUS CAESAR and RINALDO are not.
an extended work for voices and orchestra which is on a dramatic, Biblical, or religious theme but performed unstaged. Like opera, oratorio includes recitatives, arias, choruses, and orchestra. Unlike opera, oratorio does not use scenery, costumes, or acting. Oratorios often have narrators.
religious opera without stage action or costumes.
Long, semi-dramatic piece on a religious subject for soloists, chorus, and orchestra.
A musical composition with religious, serious, or philosophical text for chorus, orchestra, and soloists.
(der. from the musical services in the church of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome). An extended musical work based on a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
A dramatic musical composition usually set to a religious text and performed by solo voices, chorus, and orchestra without action, special costumes, or scenery.
A large-scale dramatic work for soloists, choir, and orchestra, usually based on a religious subject. Famous oratorios include Handel's Messiah, and Mendelssohn's Elijah.
An operatic work without staging, sets, or elaborate costumes. Usually performed in amore relaxed setting than a formal opera, and usually having a religious theme.
Vocal soloists and chorus join the orchestra to tell a story in music, but without the staging and costumes of an opera.
A dramatic vocal work for soloists, chorus and orchestra based on religious stories, performed in a concert setting.
Large musical composition for voices, narrating a story (usually sacred), without dramatic action.
An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. It differs from an opera in that it does not have scenery, costumes, or acting. Oratorio closely mirrors opera in all ages in musical style and form, except that choruses are more prominent in oratorio than in opera.