oratorio oratorio  /ˌɑ rə ˈtɔ ri oʊ/


  • (n) a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text


  1. The oratorio is based on the Biblical story of Jacob's dream of a wondrous ladder on which angels moved between heaven and earth.
  2. It took Messiaen nearly four years to compose the oratorio, which requires 109 players, seven instrumental soloists and a 105-voice choir.
  3. For the oratorio, the someone else was Carl Davis, an American-born film composer and accomplished pastiche artist.


  • After 27 years, new leadership at Oratorio Chorale

    The Times Record BRUNSWICK A staple of classical music in the Midcoast has been the Oratorio Chorale, founded in 1974 by Bowdoin College alumnus C. Russell Crosby, as part of an extension of the Bowdoin College Chorus and the old Brunswick Choral Society. read more
    on July 20, 2013     Source: The Times Record


  1. "I love the conceit of doing this as an oratorio based on the Messiah," Idle says from his home in Los Angeles. "I think it's really a smart, funny way of adapting this material."
    on May 28, 2007 By: Eric Idle Source: Canada.com

  2. "It is based on Paul's classical work The Liverpool -Oratorio," explained Kate Robbins, Sir Paul's cousin, who is working on the adaptation. "Paul will approve every note as musical director."
    on Dec 23, 2006 By: Kate Robbins Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  3. "I just say to people, 'it's an oratorio,' and that shuts most of them up because they don't know what an oratorio is," says Palin, describing his part in the production. "It sounds rather grand."
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Michael Palin Source: Montreal Gazette

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