The music for the cantata Alexander Nevsky was taken from Sergei Prokofiev's score for a movie of the same name which won him popular acclaim but displeased the Soviet government.
Tippett chose W.H. Auden's autobiography ‘Far away and long ago’ as his prose setting, and he cast the work in the form of a Purcell cantata .
It must be admitted, however, that one of the most memorable parts of the cantata is the Scherzo interlude, ‘The Flight into Egypt’, for piano alone.
Zimmermann even invented a new name for the genre, which he called a lingual, a piece that blends elements of the cantata , oratorio, radio play, journalism, and feature film.
His poetry has been set to music in a cantata by James DeMars called ‘Toto's Say,’ and was also featured in the documentary Birthwrite: Growing Up Hispanic.
At one time, every self-respecting choral society programmed his cantata Hiawatha's Wedding Feast.
It was not unusual for a Baroque composer - such as his father - to adapt a sinfonia from a cantata into a concerto movement, or to take a secular aria and insert it, with a new text, into a sacred work.
In 1961, Harris wrote a large cantata on St. Francis's Canticle of the Sun for solo voice and chamber ensemble.
There's much sense in gathering Bach's solo bass cantatas for a single CD.
It carries a fair part of my CD collection so I can listen to Bach cantatas and Beethoven string quartets as well as BBC News, downloaded from the internet, at the gym, while walking, and on long plane flights.