from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, in the style of a recitative; as if spoken.
  • noun In music:
  • noun A form or style of song resembling declamation—that is, in which regularity of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic structure is reduced to the minimum.
  • noun A section, passage, or movement in the style described above.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; -- opposed to melisma.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music dialogue, in an opera etc, that, rather than being sung as an aria, is reproduced with the rhythms of normal speech, often with simple musical accompaniment or harpsichord continuo, serving to expound the plot
  • adjective of a recital

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech


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From Italian recitativo, from recitare, from Latin recitare


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