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recitative

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noun rec·i·ta·tive \ˌre-sə-tə-ˈtēv, ˌres-tə-\

Simple Definition of recitative

  • music : a passage in vocal music (such as an opera) in which the words are sung in a way that resembles speech

Full Definition of recitative

  1. 1 :  a rhythmically free vocal style that imitates the natural inflections of speech and that is used for dialogue and narrative in operas and oratorios; also :  a passage to be delivered in this style

  2. 2 :  recitation 2

recitative adjective

Examples of recitative

  1. the second recitative of Act II

  2. The opera made use of recitative.



Origin of recitative

Italian recitativo, from recitare to recite, from Latin


First Known Use: 1656


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