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a choral composition, either sacred and resembling a short oratorio or secular, as a lyric drama set to music but not to be acted.
a metrical narrative set to recitative or alternate recitative and air, usually for a single voice accompanied by one or more instruments.
Contemporary Examples

The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists Linda C. Brinson July 3, 2014

Historical Examples

The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Modeste Tchaikovsky
Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great – Volume 14 Elbert Hubbard
Contemporary American Composers Rupert Hughes
The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Modeste Tchaikovsky
Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
Amiel’s Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel

a musical setting of a text, esp a religious text, consisting of arias, duets, and choruses interspersed with recitatives
cantata [(kuhn-tah-tuh)]


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