• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cantabile smooth and flowing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cantabile (Mus) A piece or passage, whether vocal or instrumental, peculiarly adapted to singing; -- sometimes called cantilena.
    • a Cantabile (Mus) In a melodious, flowing style; in a singing style, as opposed to bravura recitativo, or parlando.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cantabile In music, executed in the style of a song; flowing; sustained: lyrical.
    • n cantabile A piece or passage of music in a flowing, song-like style.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., cantare, to sing


In literature:

Mikuli asserted that Chopin brought out an "immense" tone in cantabiles.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
And his touch is absolutely luscious in cantabile.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
The cantabile slow movement, modeled somewhat after the Italian cantilena, was his.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
For postlude two measures from the cantabile of Chopin's "Funeral March" are used with droll effect.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Somewhat between the cantabile type and the scherzo is to be mentioned the "Table Song," No.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
It is only in this way that I can produce the right kind of singing tone in cantabile passages.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
These slender ankles, this cantabile.
"Pandora's Box" by Frank Wedekind
Tema Cantabile, Quasi adagio, B flat major, two-four.
"Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work" by Stephen Samuel Stratton

In poetry:

See, my cantabile! these, and more, are flashing to us from the
As it moves, changing, a kaleidoscope divine it moves, changing,
before us.
"A Broadway Pageant" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Cantabile of Skagit Valley, now under the direction of Stephen Marshall-Ward, presents its annual Christmas concert in Lynnwood.