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  Oratorio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oratorio closely mirrored opera in all ages in musical style and form, except that choruses were more prominent in oratorio than in opera.
The peak period for composition of oratorios was the 17th and 18th centuries.
Whether religious or secular, the theme of an oratorio is meant to be weighty, and can include such topics as the creation of the world, the life of Jesus, or the career of a classical hero or biblical prophet.
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 Oratorio - LoveToKnow 1911
ORATORIO, the name given to a form of religious music with chorus, solo voices and instruments, independent or at least separable from the liturgy, and on a larger scale than the cantata.
The Christmas Oratorio, a set of six closely connected church-cantatas for performance on separate days, is treated in exactly the same way as the Passions, with a larger proportion of non-dramatic choruses expressive of the triumphant gratitude of Christendom.
Handel discovered and matured every possibility of oratorio as an art-form, except such as may now be brought to light by those composers with whom the influence of Wagner is not too overwhelming for them to consider how far his principles are applicable to an art unconnected with the stage.
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 Oratorio - MSN Encarta
Oratorio, large-scale musical composition for voices and instruments, of a dramatic or contemplative nature, and usually on a religious subject.
By the mid-17th century, the oratorio was easily distinguishable from opera in its use of a testo, its lack of staged action, its generally contemplative tone, and its emphasis on music for chorus rather than for solo voices.
Oratorios were very popular in the United States, especially those by 19th-century composers in New England, most notably Horatio Parker.
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 Musical Forms - Oratorio
Except for a greater emphasis on the chorus throughout much of its history, the forms and styles of oratorio tend to approximate to those of opera in any given period, but the normal manner of performance is without scenery, costumes or action.
The oratorio latino, in Latin, was first developed at the Oratorio del Ss Crocifisso, related to the church of San Marcello in Rome; the most significant composer is Carissimi, whose Jephte may be considered the first masterpiece of the genre.
The Lutheran oratorio continued to function liturgically, as a substitute for the cantata, and in public concerts at Hamburg (under Telemann and C.P.E. Bach), Berlin (where Graun's Der Tod Jesu was performed almost annually) and Lübeck.
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Oratorio in Italy after Carissimi.—After the beginning made by Carissimi, the next work of importance in Oratorio is that of Alessandro Scarlatti, who established the Aria form as explained in the study of the Opera.
The composers of the Italian school of the last part of the 17th and the early part of the 18th century used practically the same methods in Opera and Oratorio, the difference being mainly in the character of the text, and in the earnestness or religious feeling of the composer.
The oldest example of the German Oratorio is "The Resurrection of Christ," writ-ten by Heinrich Schuetz (1585-1672), a pupil of Giovanni Gabrieli, which was produced at Dresden in 1623.
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 Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Broken up into eight separate movements, the story of the oratorio loosely follows McCartney's own lifeline, with the main character, Shanty, who is born in 1942 in Liverpool, raised to believe that "being born where you are born carries with it certain responsibilities".
This recording was captured at the oratorio's premiere at the Liverpool Cathedral with McCartney in attendance and features noted professional classical singers Kiri Te Kanawa, Jerry Hadley, Sally Burgess and Willard White re-enacting the roles in the oratorio.
The commercial reaction, predictably, was strong, with the oratorio spending many weeks atop the classical charts worldwide, and even charting at #177 in regular album chart in the US.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paul_McCartney's_Liverpool_Oratorio   (339 words)

 Oratorio : Media and Presentation Training
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As at present understood, an Oratorio is a musical composition for solo voices, chorus, orchestra, and organ, to a religious text generally taken from Holy Scripture.
Although the name oratorio was not applied to the new form until sixty years later (Andrea Bontempi, 1624-1705), there is an unbroken tradition connecting the exercises established by St. Philip with the period when the new art-form received its definite character.
A third oratorio, "Ritorno di Tobia", on a Biblical text, has not the same importance, nor does Mozart (1756-91), in his only oratorio, "Davidde penitente", attain the artistic level of most of his productions, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) wrote one oratorio, "The Mount of Olives", which shows him at his best.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for oratorio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
oratorio ORATORIO [oratorio], musical composition employing chorus, orchestra, and soloists and usually, but not necessarily, a setting of a sacred libretto without stage action or scenery.
His Latin oratorios, of which Jephtha is best known, are among the earliest extant examples of true oratorio.
Oratorio to carry Classic hopes for O'Brien; Guineas hero Footsteps in the sand is ruled out of follow-up attempt.(Sports)
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 Jerusalem Oratorio Choir
Jerusalem Oratorio is the largest choral enterprise in Israel, with some 200 singers - children, students, professionals and retirees.
The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir has to date recorded three CDs, and recorded concerts have been aired on Israel television and radio.
The Jerusalem Oratorio Chmaber Choir is the representative body of Oratorio.
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 oratorio. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
By c.1640 the term oratorio had come to stand for the work itself rather than the place in which it was given, and 10 years later the Latin oratorio was given definitive form in the works of Giacomo Carissimi.
Carissimi’s influence is also discernible in the oratorios of Heinrich Schütz and of Handel.
In Germany settings of the Passion assumed greater importance than the true oratorio, but the oratorios of Schütz are equaled only by those of J. Bach and Handel.
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 The Oratorio
Hey, oratorios are easier to write than operas - and anyone who is any good today is writing operas.
English composers were writing oratorios for the next 150 years.
Oratorios started moving away from sacred subjects in the 1800's and just never recovered.
www.incompetech.com /music/oratorio.html   (501 words)

 Oratorio Society of Charlottesville- Albemarle
Oratorio Society Presents Alvy Powell in Mendelssohn's "Elijah" Charlottesville, VA-January 29, 2003 The Oratorio Society will present Mendelssohn's "Elijah" on Sunday, February 16 at 3:30 at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.
The Oratorio Society was founded in 1968 and since then this talented group has performed a wide range of choral masterworks including Haydn's "Creation," Brahms' "German Requiem," Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis," and Mozart's "Requiem," all to high acclaim from appreciative Charlottesville audiences.
The Oratorio Society has been accompanied by musicians from as far away as the Juilliard School in New York and has engaged soloists from the national and international stage.
www.oratoriosociety.org /press.html   (914 words)

 Emmanuel Music/Christmas Oratorio Program Notes
What have survived are the Ascension Oratorio, based upon a secular work of about the same time; the Easter Oratorio based upon the "Shepherd's" Cantata; a secular Pastorale Cantata; and the Christmas Oratorio.
The Christmas Oratorio for six days between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany is by far the most ambitious of these works.
Certainly the arranged movements are as great as anything in the Christmas Oratorio and works like the heavenly "Echo" Aria in the fourth part or the ravishing lullaby in the second section are as fine as anything in the oratorio.
www.emmanuelmusic.org /pages/prognotes/chris_ora_notes02.htm   (568 words)

 Oratorio Society of Minnesota - About the Society
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is a 60-voice choral ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
It was founded in 1980 by its Artistic Director, George S.T. Chu, with the initial sponsorship of Hamline University, and has since become an independent, nonprofit organization.
The “home venue” of the Oratorio Society is Sundin Music Hall on the Hamline University Campus in St. Paul.
www.oratorio.org /?About_the_Society   (302 words)

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Canadian Christian composer and concertmaster Ruth Fazal's Oratorio Terezin is her first major orchestral piece and she feels it was inspired by God.
The Oratorios text is poems written by children, prisoners of the Nazi ghetto of Terezin, near Prague.
Pivotal to the Oratorio is the poem "The Butterfly," which is sung by eleven-year-old soloist Jackie Young, an Orthodox Jew.
www.cbn.com /cbnnews/cwn/020604holocaustoratorio.asp   (790 words)

 Notes on the Carissimi Oratorio, Jephte
Musical dramatizations began to dominate the oratorio around 1600, and these dramatizations began borrowed the techniques of recitative and accompanied aria with basso continuo so that by the 1620's, oratorios became something akin to opera without costumes or stage action.
Oratorios were the only music performances allowed during Lent, and this furthered their evolution into music designed to satisfy a public increasingly infatuated with opera.
Oratorios were soon performed in many churches in Rome, but some of the finest were offered in Latin at the Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso (Oratory of the Most Holy Crucifix).
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 Westchester Oratorio Society
They will be joining with the oratorio society and its acclaimed professional orchestra to perform the Vaughn Williams piece along with baritone soloist David Arnold.
Morse, the oratorio society's Artistic Director, Harold Rosenbaum, has been working with the students at the school to prepare them for the concert.
Arnold, and with the oratorio society and its professional orchestra is just the beginning of some exciting new experiences.
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Originally it was acted out with scenery and costumes, but gradually it became more commonly performed as a concert.
Its origins lie in the Laude spirituali performed by St Philip Neri's Oratory in Rome in the 16th century, followed by the first definitive oratorio in the 17th century by Cavalieri.
In the earliest oratorios there was often an element of ritual and spatial dramatization, and Bach himself introduced audience participation with the chorales of his St Matthew Passion (1727 or 1729).
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0011467.html   (369 words)

 Program Notes - Bach's Christmas Oratorio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The oratorio of Bach’s day was characterized by a purely poetic libretto and an emphasis on drama.
The Christmas Oratorio departs from that pattern, combining prose and reflective poetry in a text that is dominated by strict quotations from the Bible.
It is as if Bach is striving for a type of oratorio that would have a particular affinity with the Lutheran liturgy: less a spiritual entertainment and more an act of worship.
www.apollosfire.org /program_notes/prog_note_Bach_oratorio.htm   (1610 words)

 PeoplePlay UK - Oratorio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Oratorios are usually performed in a concert hall with no scenery or costumes.
At the first performance in England in the presence of George I, the King was so moved at the opening bars of the great Hallelujah Chorus that he spontaneously stood up and the audience followed his lead.
Oratorio, rather than opera, was to become the English vocal form.
www.peopleplayuk.org.uk /guided_tours/opera_tour/18th_century/oratorio.php   (257 words)

 Jerusalem Oratorio
The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir, founded in 1987, consists of about 150 members.
The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir, together with the choir and orchestra of the Christliche Musik- und Kunstakademie (Christian Academy of Music and Fine Arts) of Stuttgart, Germany, and soloists from Germany, will perform the oratorio "Elijah" in a series of concerts: three concerts to be performed in Israel, followed by four in Germany.
Oratorio choirs conducted by Judy Axelrod and Flora Vinokorov
jerusalem_oratorio.tripod.com   (204 words)

 Calvin College - Oratorio Society
Since that time, the Calvin Oratorio Society has grown under the outstanding leadership of its Music Directors: Reese Veatch (1920-1923), Seymour Swets (1923-1967), Harold Geerdes (1967-1981), Howard Slenk (1981-1998), Pearl Shangkuan (1998-2003), and its current director, Joel Navarro.
Chorus members are of all ages and from all walks of life; all have considerable choral singing experience, and some are professional musicians and music teachers.
Spring performances are held in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the campus of Calvin College, near the intersection of Burton and the East Beltline.
www.calvin.edu /academic/music/ensemble/oratorio   (351 words)

 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57
Although almost all of the work was done by October of that year, he put the oratorio aside so that it could be premiered in London.
The aria "Total eclipse!" in which Samson bewails his loss of sight, was known in later years to move both Handel and the London audience to tears, as Handel, spending the last ten years of his life blind, sat unseeing at his harpsichord during oratorio performances.
The librettist, Newburgh Hamilton, revised the poem to be a dramatic masterpiece for an oratorio.
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