Preserve farewell musical setting (7)
I believe the answer is:
'musical setting' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I can't understand how one could define the other.
'preserve farewell' is the wordplay.
'preserve' becomes 'can' (canning is a kind of preserving).
'farewell' becomes 'ta ta' (I've seen this in another clue).
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for cantata that I've seen before include "Work for voice(s) and orchestra" , "Choral item" , "Choral work" , "Setting of words to music" , "Oratorio on a sacred theme" .)