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cantata

[kuh n-tah-tuh] /kənˈtɑ tə/
noun
1.
a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
2.
a metrical narrative set to recitative or alternate recitative and air, usually for a single voice accompanied by one or more instruments.
Origin of cantata
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to cant(are) to sing (see cant1) + -ata -ate1
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  • I hear the cantata was admirably sung and won the Emperors approval.

  • You must set at the cantata while we are away, and have it finished for us to hear when we come back.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • Assisting at the ten o'clock Missa, cantata Parochialis was always a source of devotion and unusual interest.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • Her cantata, "Die Heilige Nacht," for soloists and chorus, is often heard.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • The boy composed a cantata, which was given in the parlors of his parents' home, with an orchestra secured for the occasion.

  • The performance is on Monday and I chance to know the cantata.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • On this occasion he was well beforehand with the work, and sent in the cantata to the committee by the 1st of April.

  • The distribution of presents was not to come off until after the cantata.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • The panorama before me is of a grandiose splendor; it is a symphony of mountains, a cantata of sunny Alps.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for cantata

cantata

/kænˈtɑːtə/
noun
1.
a musical setting of a text, esp a religious text, consisting of arias, duets, and choruses interspersed with recitatives
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from cantare to sing, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for cantata
n.

1724, from Italian cantata, literally "that which is sung," past participle of cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)).

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cantata in Culture
cantata [(kuhn-tah-tuh)]

A musical composition for voice and instruments and including choruses, solos, and recitatives.

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