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 set to music, interspersed with recitative. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A poem with a recitative set to music. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. A poem set to music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for cantata

  1. As to Clemens, many thanks for his courtesy; with regard to the Cantata the subject is not important enough for us, it is very different in Berlin. – Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.) by Elliott Graeme