noun can·ta·ta \kən-ˈtä-tə\

: a piece of music for singers and instruments that usually has several parts (called movements) and often has a religious subject

Full Definition of CANTATA

:  a composition for one or more voices usually comprising solos, duets, recitatives, and choruses and sung to an instrumental accompaniment

Origin of CANTATA

Italian, from cantare to sing, from Latin
First Known Use: 1724


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