Cantata music

A Cantata is a musical composition for voice and instrumental accompaniment, usually spanning several movements and involving choral forces. The term has been in use since the early 17th century, when it usually designated a type of single voice madrigal. The cantata eventually evolved into a substantially secular dramatic piece, often indistinguishable from an opera fragment. In the case of religious-themed cantatas, it is hard to tell the difference with a small oratorio, or a fragment of oratorio. Nowadays the term is somewhat loosely employed. Famous pieces in the genre include Bach's collection of more than 200 cantatas, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Luigi Nono's 'el canto sospeso'.
Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
3 Cantatas and 3 Songs, Op.9 John Stanley Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
6 Cantatas, 1732 Henry Carey Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
6 Cantatas and a Collection of 6 Lessons Attilio Ariosti Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
6 Cantatas, Op.3 John Stanley Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
6 English Cantatas John Christopher Pepusch Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
8 scènes de Faust, H 33 Hector Berlioz Choir and Orchestra Romantic
12 cantate da camera Nicola Antonio Porpora Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
14 Cantatas Various Chamber group Baroque
16 Chamber Cantatas Alessandro Scarlatti Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
18 Cantate da Camera Tomaso Albinoni Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
A Daughter of the Sea Frederic Hymen Cowen Voice(s) and Instruments Romantic
A Greeting to Anton Rubinstein Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Choir Late 19th century
A heart that knows its Jesus is living, BWV 134 Johann Sebastian Bach Choir and Orchestra Baroque
A Mass of Life Frederick Delius Voice(s) and Orchestra Early 20th Century
A Page from Homer, Op.60 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Voice(s) and Orchestra Late 19th century
A paz da Europa, Op.17 João Domingos Bomtempo Voice(s) and Orchestra Classical
A te bella cagion Attilio Ariosti Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
A te che per sempre Massimiliano Pascucci Choir 20th Century
Abbandona il caro nido, MWV 2.22 Johann Melchior Molter Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Abbandonata e sola Nicola Antonio Porpora Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Georg Friedrich Händel  ·  Antonio Vivaldi  ·  Christoph Graupner  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Sergei Prokofiev  ·  Various  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Tomaso Albinoni  ·  Georg Philipp Telemann  ·  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ·  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  ·  Michel Rondeau  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Johann Pachelbel  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Dietrich Buxtehude  ·  Jean Sibelius  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Gustav Mahler  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  César Cui  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Johann Melchior Molter  ·  Arthur Sullivan  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Heinrich Schütz  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ·  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ·  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Instruments Chamber group  ·  Choir  ·  Choir and Instrument  ·  Choir and Orchestra  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra  ·  Solo voice(s)  ·  String Orchestra  ·  Viola  ·  Voice(s) and Instruments  ·  Voice(s) and Orchestra  ·  Voice(s) and Piano
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