If music be the food of love, sing on, sing on, sing on ... (Shakespeare)
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Around 1700, the cantata genre reached Italy during a cultural exchange. Composers began to combine the "Italian style" with the "French gout". The resulting French cantatas are characterized by these style mixtures, on which ancient love stories sound expressively in a wide spectrum of emotions. Today, the versatile pieces have largely been forgotten. Here is a selection from the cantatas by Jean-Baptiste Morin.