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Title: Cantata

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: Annabelle H
Date: November 29, 2012
Level: University
Grade: A
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Cantatas are usually based on a sacred theme but it can also be based on a secular theme. Bach composed sacred ones. The cantatas that he composed were meant for the Sunday church sermons. They were also for special occasions. Bach composed one cantata every week for 5 years! The German cantata absorbed the recitative, aria and duet of the opera, the pomp/grandeur of the French overture and the dynamic style of the Italians...

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All these elements were unified and thus made the cantata quite rich. Bach’s cantatas have anywhere between 5 to 8 movements of which the 1st and the last and usually one middle movement are choral ones. These vary from simple hymn like settings to elaborate choral fugues. Mixed with the choruses are solo arias and recitatives, some of which may be based on a chorale (a chorale is a hymn tune specially associated with the German Protestantism) melody or its text...

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