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EMUS 1832 Exam 2 Review Sheet Spring 2008 o Oratorio: A genre of choral music with sacred words, but a non-liturgical function. Oratorios can be quite long, with dozens of movements, but have remained among the most popular genres of choral music for more than two and half centuries. The lyrics of oratorios are written in the language of the intended audience, based around an Old Testament text. Even though oratorios are heard in concert, not in the church service, there is a clear religious message sent, and they have remained most popular in predominately Protestant countries. Oratorios usually feature a large chorus, a full orchestra, and four or more soloists. Some oratorios sound a lot like operas, with dramatic stories and singers taking on the role of specific characters--but oratorios are not acted out on a stage like operas are. Perhaps the most popular oratorio is Handel's Messiah. o Opera: One of the important music drama genres, usually featuring a full orchestra, several soloists, and sometimes a chorus. More often than is the case with musical theater, operas have virtually continuous singing, no (or little) spoken dialog. See Chapter 15 for more information. o Symphony: A kind of instrumental genre, performed by a full orchestra. Symphonies developed during the classical era, and were among the most important genres in the romantic era as well. Usually, symphonies have four movements, although some symphonies have a different number of movements. o
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