Encyclopedia > Oratorio

  Article Content


An oratorio is a composition for orchestra, soloists and choir. It differs from an opera in that it doesn't have decor[?], costumes or acting. Oratorios have a biblical theme.

Oratorios (like operas) can contain several elements:

Probably the best known oratorio is the Messiah by Händel. It contains the well known halelujah-chorus[?]. Others well known oratorios include Christmas Oratorio[?] by Johann Sebastian Bach and Mendelsohn's Elijah oratorio[?].

Related topics

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Giovanni Cassini

... his name to the Cassini Division[?], the gap between Saturn's rings. Engineering An expert on hydraulics and engineering, he was employed by the Pope on ...