re·​cit·​al | \ ri-ˈsī-tᵊl How to pronounce recital (audio) \

Definition of recital

1a : a detailed account : enumeration a recital of names and dates
b : the act or process or an instance of reciting
c : discourse, narration a colorful recital of a night on the town
2a : a concert given by an individual musician or dancer or by a dance troupe
b : a public exhibition of skill given by music or dance pupils

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recitalist \ ri-​ˈsī-​tᵊl-​ist How to pronounce recitalist (audio) \ noun

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After about six months of lessons, Mr. Giaiotti gave his first recital and, over the objections of his father, decided to go into opera. Daniel J. Wakin, New York Times, "Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85," 19 June 2018 Beginning in San Francisco as the quartet is having its graduation recital, the novel records all the battle scars of their lives, including the full-throttle force of ambition, jealousy and resentment. Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Ensemble,’ by Aja Gabel," 17 May 2018 But connoisseurs of piano music treasure his legacy of superb recordings and his recitals, which are always memorable events. Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire will perform Sunday, April 22, at the Folly Theater. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Bachathon makes an early appearance in a new venue this year | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018 For his recital Saturday night at the Perelman Theater, pianist András Schiff had his Bösendorfer turned slightly, the better to see his hands at work upon the keyboard. Peter Dobrin,, "Pianist András Schiff is a master of detail at the Kimmel," 1 Apr. 2018 His sold-out recital at Carnegie Hall earlier this week suggests that the 24-year-old pianist has many admirers in the metropolitan area as well. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "A Master of the Virtuosic Miniature in New York," 24 Jan. 2019 This might come as a shock to those who associate the styling staple with dreaded childhood ballet recitals, but recently, an increasing amount of haircare companies are creating hairsprays that challenge those stereotypes. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Living Proof Releases "Customizable" Body Builder Hairspray," 26 Aug. 2018 Carillon recital Naperville carillonneur Sue Bergren is the featured guest performer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 22 June 2018 The Broad is an intimate space, close to ideal for vocal recitals. Rick Schultz,, "Grigolo and Gheorghiu give the Broad Stage its wake-up call," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of recital

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of recital

: a dance or musical performance
: the act of reading something out loud or saying something from memory usually for an audience
: a long description or list that includes many things


re·​cit·​al | \ ri-ˈsī-tᵊl How to pronounce recital (audio) \

Kids Definition of recital

1 : a public performance of music or dance given by one or more people a piano recital
2 : an act of describing something usually in great detail


re·​ci·​tal | \ ri-ˈsīt-ᵊl How to pronounce recital (audio) \

Legal Definition of recital

: a formal statement or setting forth of some relevant matter of fact in a deed or other document

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