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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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Cantabile Girls Choir have made regular returns to the Eisteddfod and previously won the Children's Folk Choir competition in 2015.
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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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However, it seemed to me that the Russians performed Serenade with just the right cantabile lilt--a blue thought in a blue shade--and both Lopatkina and Zakharova proved deliquescently lovely in the leading role, while Zelensky (well remembered for his years with City Ballet) is still among the finest exponents of Apollo in our time.