A musical composition, often using a sacred text, comprising recitatives, arias, and choruses.(noun)
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Use "cantata" in a sentence
"This March, a missa cantata is planned for the same parish, on the first Sunday of Lent, sung by the Schola Cantorum of the Palm Beaches at 2: 00 pm."
"Karl-Amadeus Hartmann's cantata is far less familiar, though."
"Those of us who don't know a cantata from a cantaloupe are impressed when the young Mozart effortlessly whips up a stunning variation on a short Salieri piano piece."