What does the word cantata mean?

Usage examples for cantata

  1. His compositions include songs, anthems, organ music, a Lenten Cantata, " The Message from the Cross." – Scotland's Mark on America by George Fraser Black
  2. His last work, completed shortly before his death, was a cantata, entitled 'The Praise of Music. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. As we were leaving by train the following morning we met a dear old musician who had taken part in the chorus of the cantata. – Grain and Chaff from an English Manor by Arthur H. Savory