Types of Biblical references in choral music
1.Oratorio-Large-scale dramatic genre originating in the Baroque, based on a text of religious or serious character, performed by solo voices, chorus, and orchestra; similar to opera but without scenery, costumes, or action.
2. Cantata-Vocal genre for solo singers, chorus, orchestra.
4. Bible Stories
5. Sacred Music
6. Mass, Requiem, hymns
Oratorio: sacred vocal form, devotional music
large-scale dramatic genre: solo voices, chorus, orchestra
performed in concert setting without scenery or costumes
similarities to opera: recitatives, arias, duets, trios, choruses
sacred text: biblical story, libretto by religious leaders
early oratorios sponsored by Catholic Church
messages of faith to wide audience
Psalms-A sacred poem or song; specifically a setting of one of the 150 poems from the biblical Book of Psalms.