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Sonata vs. Cantata

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Main Difference

The main difference between Sonata and Cantata is that the Sonata is a composition for one or more solo instruments and Cantata is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment.

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  • Sonata (noun)

    A musical composition for one or a few instruments, one of which is frequently a piano, in three or four movements that vary in key and tempo

  • Cantata (noun)

    A vocal composition accompanied by instruments and generally containing more than one movement, typical of 17th and 18th century Italian music.

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  • Sonata (noun)

    An extended composition for one or two instruments, consisting usually of three or four movements; as, Beethoven's sonatas for the piano, for the violin and piano, etc.

  • Cantata (noun)

    A poem set to music; a musical composition comprising choruses, solos, interludes, etc., arranged in a somewhat dramatic manner; originally, a composition for a single noise, consisting of both recitative and melody.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Sonata (noun)

    a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms

  • Cantata (noun)

    a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text

Princeton's WordNet

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