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Definition and background:

Large scale dramatic composition originating in the 17th century with text ususally based on religious subjects. Oratorios are perfomed by choruses and solo voices with an instrumental accompaniment, and are similar to operas but without costumes, scenery and actions. 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

For more information on the music term "Oratorio" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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