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A musical composition, often using a sacred text, comprising recitatives, arias, and choruses.
[Italian (aria) cantata, sung (aria), feminine past participle of cantare, to sing, from Latin cantāre; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Classical Music) a musical setting of a text, esp a religious text, consisting of arias, duets, and choruses interspersed with recitatives
[C18: from Italian, from cantare to sing, from Latin]
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n., pl. -tas.
a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio, or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
[1715–25; < Italian, =cant(are) to sing]
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A sung work, now usually accompanied by an orchestra, shorter than an oratorio.
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cantata[kænˈtɑːtə] N → cantata f
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n → Kantate f
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