oratorio

[ awr-uh-tawr-ee-oh, -tohr-, or- ]SEE DEFINITION OF oratorio
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Needless to say, it was "not equal to Mr. Handel's oratorio of Esther or Deborah."

My part did not come until late in the second part of the oratorio.

Not even his Puritanism could enjoy an unlimited diet of oratorio.

The scenes themselves indicate the dramatic character of the oratorio.

The motto of the oratorio is "Love is strong as death, and unconquerable as the grave."

The next scene is one of the most impressive and dramatic in the oratorio.

He invited Spohr to assume its direction and to write an oratorio for the occasion.

The characterization of the oratorio, however, is thoroughly pertinent and complete.

The next number, as the oratorio is now performed, is one which has been introduced.

"Esther" was his first English oratorio, and it made a great success.

WORD ORIGIN

"long musical composition, usually with a text based on Scripture," 1727 (in English from 1640s in native form oratory), from Italian oratorio (late 16c.), from Church Latin oratorium (see oratory (n.2)), in reference to musical services in the church of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome, where old mystery plays were adapted to religious services.

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