cantata

[ kuhn-tah-tuh ]
/ kənˈtɑ tə /

noun

a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
a metrical narrative set to recitative or alternate recitative and air, usually for a single voice accompanied by one or more instruments.

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Origin of cantata

1715–25; <Italian, equivalent to cant(are) to sing (see cant1) + -ata-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for cantata

cantata
/ (kænˈtɑːtə) /

noun

a musical setting of a text, esp a religious text, consisting of arias, duets, and choruses interspersed with recitatives

Word Origin for cantata

C18: from Italian, from cantare to sing, from Latin
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Cultural definitions for cantata

cantata
[ (kuhn-tah-tuh) ]

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

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