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Oratorio

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(1):

(n.) A more or less dramatic text or poem, founded on some Scripture nerrative, or great divine event, elaborately set to music, in recitative, arias, grand choruses, etc., to be sung with an orchestral accompaniment, but without action, scenery, or costume, although the oratorio grew out of the Mysteries and the Miracle and Passion plays, which were acted.

(2):

(n.) Performance or rendering of such a composition.

Bibliography Information
Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Oratorio'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​web/​o/oratorio.html. 1828.
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