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


Oratorio, Baroque: George Frideric Handel: Samson, "Let the Bright Seraphim"

Joseph Haydn: The Creation, "Achieved is the glorious work"


Last Updated: 2016-06-06 00:48:43