An oratorio is a large musical composition collectively performed by an orchestra of musicians and choir of singers, all of whom accept a shared responsibility for the quality of their performance, but also requires individual performers accept accountability for playing their own musical instrument or singing their own lines, which includes an occasional instrumental or lyrical solo.

During a well-executed oratorio, individual mastery combines with group collaboration, creating a true symphony, a sounding together, which produces a more powerful performance than even the most consummate solo artist could deliver on their own.

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