One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cantata with a pastoral subject.
- ‘It opens with a sinfonia to one of Alessandro's many secular cantatas or ‘serenatas.’’
- ‘Other dramatic, but generally unstaged genres were the cantata and serenata, and the sacred equivalent of opera, oratorio, given in Lent when theatres were closed.’
- ‘This is an example of a serenata, or ‘serenade’- in this context, a hybrid between a cantata and an opera.’
- ‘There will be performed a serenata called Chariottenburg Festegiante set to music by HM the King of Prussia.’
- 1.1 A simple form of suite for orchestra or wind band.
Italian, ‘serenade’ (see serenade).
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