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

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

:  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
:  recitation 2
recitative adjective

Examples of RECITATIVE

  1. the second recitative of Act II
  2. The opera made use of recitative.


Italian recitativo, from recitare to recite, from Latin
First Known Use: 1656

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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