Meaning of oratorio

or•a•to•ri•o

Pronunciation: (ôr"u-tôr'ē-ō", -tōr'-, or"-), [key]
— pl. -ri•os.
  1. an extended musical composition with a text more or less dramatic in character and usually based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
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