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LC control 85095291
LC classificationM2000 M2007
Topical headingOratorios
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See alsothe heading Secular oratorios for oratorios with secular texts
Sacred dramatic music
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Scope noteHere are entered musical compositions. Works about the oratorio are entered under the heading Oratorio.
Subject example tracingExample under reference from Arias
Note under Oratorio
Found inNew Grove dict. of mus. online, Apr. 17, 2003: extended musical setting of a sacred text made up of dramatic, narrative and contemplative elements. Except for a greater emphasis on the chorus throughout much of its history, the musical forms and styles of the oratorio tend to approximate to those of opera in any given period, and the normal manner of performance is that of a concert (without scenery, costumes or action)