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Oratorio is a genre of vocal music that emerged in Italy in the first half of the 17th century, spreading rapidly throughout Europe and surviving to this day. Its roots, however, lie farther back in developments in the history of music, religion, and piety in the 16th century. In general, oratorio is defined as a “setting for concert performance of a specially-prepared, generally s…

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Loeser, Martin, “Oratorio”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025032>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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