Definition of “cantata” - English Dictionary

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“cantata” in British English

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cantatanoun [ C ]

uk /kænˈtɑː.tə/ us /kənˈtɑː.t̬ə/

Examples from literature

  • Besides these he composed several cantatas for church use, and several instrumental pieces. 
  • For these resources he composed a succession of cantatas, every feast day in the ecclesiastical year being represented by from one to five separate works. 
  • Here, among other works, he composed fifty Italian cantatas, usually consisting of two airs with recitative. 
  • Mrs. Julian Marshall, born at Rome, has produced several orchestral works, as well as several cantatas, an operetta, a nocturne for clarinet and orchestra, and a number of songs. 
  • Two oratorios, several cantatas, about sixty original songs for single voice and piano, and very many other writings of a literary and musical kind. 

(Definition of “cantata” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)