a musical composition consisting of vocal solos, choruses, etc., often with instrumental accompaniment, used as a setting for a story to be sung but not acted
Origin of cantataItalian ; from past participle of cantare: see chant
A musical composition, often using a sacred text, comprising recitatives, arias, and choruses.
Origin of cantataItalian (aria) cantata, sung (aria), feminine past participle of cantare, to sing, from Latin cantare; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) A vocal composition accompanied by instruments and generally containing more than one movement, typical of 17th and 18th century Italian music.
- The regularly formed plural cantatas is by far the most common, though the Italian-style plural cantate is not completely unheard-of.
OriginSee also: cântată