What does cantabile mean?

Definitions for cantabile
kɑnˈtɑ bɪˌleɪ, -bi-cantabile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cantabile, singingadjective

    smooth and flowing

Wiktionary

  1. cantabilenoun

    A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a lyrical manner

  2. cantabilenoun

    A passage having this mark

  3. cantabileadverb

    played in this style; singingly, lyrically

  4. cantabileadjective

    describing a passage having this mark; singable, lyrical

  5. Etymology: From cantabile, derived from cantare. See also cantabilis.

Wikipedia

  1. Cantabile

    In music, cantabile [kanˈtaːbile], an Italian word, means literally "singable" or "songlike". In instrumental music, it is a particular style of playing designed to imitate the human voice. For 18th-century composers, cantabile is often synonymous with "cantando" (singing) and indicates a measured tempo and flexible, legato playing. For later composers, particularly in piano music, cantabile is the drawing out of one particular musical line against the accompaniment (compare counterpoint). Felix Mendelssohn's six books of Songs Without Words are short lyrical piano pieces with song-like melodies written between 1829 and 1845. A modern example is an instrumental by Harry James & His Orchestra, called "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile". A cantabile movement, or simply a "cantabile", is the first half of a double aria, followed by a cabaletta. The cantabile movement would be slower and more free-form to contrast with the structured and generally faster cabaletta. Louis Spohr subtitled his violin concerto No. 8 "in moda d'una scena cantata," "in the manner of a sung [operatic] scene"; opera arias exerted a strong influence on the "singable" cantabile melodic line in Romantic writing for stringed instruments.

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  1. cantabile

    Cantabile is a musical term derived from Italian, which translates to "singable" or "songlike". It is used as a directive to musicians to perform the indicated passage of a composition in a melodious, lyrical, or smooth flowing manner, much like the nature of singing. It is often used to evoke a gentle, expressive, and tuneful sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cantabileadjective

    in a melodious, flowing style; in a singing style, as opposed to bravura, recitativo, or parlando

  2. Cantabilenoun

    a piece or passage, whether vocal or instrumental, peculiarly adapted to singing; -- sometimes called cantilena

  3. Etymology: [It., cantare to sing.]

Wikidata

  1. Cantabile

    Cantabile is a musical term meaning literally "singable" or "songlike". It has several meanings in different contexts. In instrumental music, it indicates a particular style of playing designed to imitate the human voice. For 18th century composers, the term is often used synonymously with "cantando", and indicates a measured tempo and flexible, legato playing. For later composers, particularly in piano music, cantabile indicates the drawing out of one particular musical line against the accompaniment. Cantabile is used as a noun to mean the first half of a double aria, followed by a cabaletta. The cantabile movement would be slower and more free-form to contrast with the structured and generally faster cabaletta. Louis Spohr subtitled his violin concerto No. 8 "in moda d'una scena cantata," "in the manner of a sung [operatic] scene"; opera arias exerted a strong influence on the "singable" cantabile melodic line in Romantic writing for stringed instruments.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cantabile in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cantabile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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