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1. (to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
2. a piece or passage performed in this way



a songful or lyrical quality of a melody or a musical performance. Since the mid-18th century the direction“cantabile” is often placed at the beginning of a piece of music with the indication of tempo to specify the character of the music (andante cantabile in Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet, Opus 11).Occasionally the term is used alone as a title (Cui’s Cantabile for Cello and Piano).

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Kregor explains that Clara Schumann arranged Bennett's Andante cantabile around 1841 as a technical challenge, and probably also as a gesture of gratitude to the English composer for help in connection with her London tours.
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The Rodewald is now well settled into the beautiful concert hall on Lime Street, and in November the Danel Quartet bring an extraordinary East European programme including the Piano Quintet of Tanayev, when they are joined by pianist (and critic) David Fanning, and Tchaikovski's Andante Cantabile which makes a gentler opener, before the 6th Quartet of Weinberg.
In the "Andante cantabile," the strings demonstrated an extraordinary level of cohesiveness - not just technically but interpretively - and Guerrero shaped melodic lines with elegance and style.
Hugh Seenan's horn solo over muted strings in the extended cantabile, truly was spell-binding, later transformed beneath sunnier skies in a finale of absolute and succinct assurance, topped out by blazing brass on top form.
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