Meaning of serenata in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛrəˈnɑːtə/


  • 1Music
    A cantata with a pastoral subject.

    ‘It opens with a sinfonia to one of Alessandro's many secular cantatas or ‘serenatas.’’
    • ‘Other dramatic, but generally unstaged genres were the cantata and serenata, and the sacred equivalent of opera, oratorio, given in Lent when theatres were closed.’
    • ‘This is an example of a serenata, or ‘serenade’- in this context, a hybrid between a cantata and an opera.’
    • ‘There will be performed a serenata called Chariottenburg Festegiante set to music by HM the King of Prussia.’
    1. 1.1A simple form of suite for orchestra or wind band.


Italian, ‘serenade’ (see serenade).