What does the word oratorio mean?

Usage examples for oratorio

  1. The first was Emanuel Bach, who fertilized his mind, sowed ideas; the second was Mozart, who shaped, coloured and directed his thoughts; the last, Handel, turned his attention to oratorio, sacred music and choral writing. – Haydn by John F. Runciman
  2. In the midst of these minor works, Jackson proceeded with the composition of his oratorio,- 'The Deliverance of Israel from Babylon. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. Away up in the higher stories of one's brain somewhere, there's a tune floating about, or rather a whole oratorio full of them, that one can never catch and fix upon ruled paper. – Philistia by Grant Allen