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oratorio

noun [C]     /ˌɒr.əˈtɔː.ri.əʊ/ US  /ˌɔːr.əˈtɔːr.i.oʊ/ (plural oratorios)
a piece of music for orchestra and singers that tells a story, usually on a religious subject, without acting → Compare cantataTypes of songs
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