Definitions of cantata

  1. a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A poem set to music; a musical composition comprising choruses, solos, interludes, etc., arranged in a somewhat dramatic manner; originally, a composition for a single noise, consisting of both recitative and melody. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A poem or story set to music. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A poem set to music, interspersed with recitative. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A choral composition in the style of oratorio. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A poem with a recitative set to music. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A poem set to music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. kan-tä'ta, n. originally the name applied to a sort of musical narrative by one person, accompanied by a single instrument; subsequently an air was introduced--the modern concert-aria: now also a choral work, either sacred, and similar to, but shorter than the oratorio, or secular, either lyric or dramatic, but not intended for the stage.--ns. CANTA'TE, the 98th Psalm, from its opening words in Latin, 'Cantate Domino;' CAN'TATRICE, a female singer. [It.,--L. cant[=a]re, freq. of can[)e]re, to sing.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  9. (mus.). Choral work, kind of short oratorio, or lyric drama set to music but not acted. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  10. n. [Italian, Latin] A poem set to music; a musical composition for once voice, with choral accompaniments. Cabinet Dictionary

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