Part of speech: noun

A sacred composition, usually semidramatic.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Grant Allen.