Meaning of cantata

can•ta•ta

Pronunciation: (kun-tä'tu), [key]
— n.
  1. a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
  2. a metrical narrative set to recitative or alternate recitative and air, usually for a single voice accompanied by one or more instruments.
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