Definition of oratorio:
- 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.
- Performance or rendering of such a composition.
- "Handel", Edward J. Dent.
- "Johann Sebastian Bach The story of the boy who sang in the streets", Thomas Tapper.