A medium-length narrative piece of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment, typically with solos, chorus, and orchestra.
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- His works include much orchestral music, cantatas, and chamber compositions.
- I like the idea of alternating vocal cantatas with instrumental concertos; the variety ensures that the music always sounds fresh.
- His works include a cyclic setting of Shevchenko's poetry; operas, including Taras Bulba; art songs and choral works; cantatas; piano pieces; and chamber music.
early 18th century: from Italian cantata (aria) 'sung (air)', from cantare 'sing'.