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7th Jul '17 4:57:25 PM nombretomado
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An '''oratorio''' is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists, according to TheOtherWiki. Like an opera, an oratorio has recognizable characters, and is similar in length. Oratorios also tell a story. But unlike operas, oratorios are strictly concert pieces, with no props or costumes.

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An '''oratorio''' is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists, according to TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. Like an opera, an oratorio has recognizable characters, and is similar in length. Oratorios also tell a story. But unlike operas, oratorios are strictly concert pieces, with no props or costumes.
30th Dec '16 10:28:56 AM karstovich2
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The generally recognized king of oratorios is Music/GeorgeFredericHandel (much as his contemporary UsefulNotes/JohannSebastianBach was the king of cantatas), who wrote lots of them because they were cheaper to produce than operas but brought innearly as many people . Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus) is probably the best-known oratorio out there, though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.

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The generally recognized king of oratorios is Music/GeorgeFredericHandel (much as his contemporary UsefulNotes/JohannSebastianBach was the king of cantatas), who wrote lots of them because they were cheaper to produce than operas but brought innearly in nearly as many people . Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus) is probably the best-known oratorio out there, though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.
30th Dec '16 10:27:55 AM karstovich2
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The best known oratorio is Music/GeorgeFredericHandel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.

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The best known oratorio generally recognized king of oratorios is Music/GeorgeFredericHandel's Music/GeorgeFredericHandel (much as his contemporary UsefulNotes/JohannSebastianBach was the king of cantatas), who wrote lots of them because they were cheaper to produce than operas but brought innearly as many people . Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), chorus) is probably the best-known oratorio out there, though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.
4th Nov '15 6:01:09 PM karstovich2
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The best known oratorio is Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.

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The best known oratorio is Handel's Music/GeorgeFredericHandel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.
13th Feb '14 8:54:26 AM Elkhound
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Oratorios are usually religious in nature, telling a story from the Bible or a saint's legend. The form was invented to keep the opera singers employed during Lent, when the theatres were closed down.



The best known oratorio is Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.

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The best known oratorio is Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.
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11th May '13 8:34:07 PM wwtoonlinkfan
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An '''oratorio''' is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists, according to TheOtherWiki. Like an opera, an oratorio has recognizable characters, and is similar in length. Oratorios also tell a story. But unlike operas, oratorios are strictly concert pieces, with no props or costumes.

Oratorios are also similar to [[{{Cantata}} cantatas]], in that cantatas are also large-scale vocal works and occasionally identifiable characters, but they usually do not tell a story (Bach's Coffee Cantata is a notable exception).

The best known oratorio is Handel's ''Messiah'' (the source of the famous Hallelujah chorus), though J.S. Bach's two extant oratorios, the St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion, are also well-known.

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