[kahn-tah-bi-ley, -bee-, kuh n-; Italian kahn-tah-bee-le]Music.
- songlike and flowing in style.
- in a cantabile manner.
Origin of cantabile
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After the exposition of the subject, the violin has figure-playing of an easy kind, while the violoncello has a Cantabile theme.
Trio in D major, Cantabile theme for violin, doubled by the viola in the octave below.
He executes the most difficult passages with the most extraordinary ease, and especially pours out his heart in the Cantabile.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
Wilhelmj drew from his instrument the noblest sounds I ever heard; not Joachim, not Ysaye excelled him in cantabile.Unicorns
The cantabile slow movement, modeled somewhat after the Italian cantilena, was his.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
- (to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
- a piece or passage performed in this way
Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing
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Word Origin and History for cantabile
1724, from Italian, literally "singable, that can be sung," from cantare "to sing" (see chant (v.)).
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