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Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Cantata

Cantata, originally a musical recitation of a story in verse by one person. Later, an air was introduced at certain points; this form was much cultivated in the seventeenth century. A more elaborate form was the Church Cantata, brought to perfection by Sebastian Bach. In modern times sacred cantatas are a kind of minor and less elaborate oratorio. Secular cantatas are described as lyric dramas, intended only for musical, not for theatrical representation.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9