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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
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to cant(are) to sing (see cant1) + -ata -ate1
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  • One library will commission a cantata using text from the novel as lyrics.
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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 [(kuhn-tah-tuh)]

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

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