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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Rose Grace & Eda Shyam - The duo of pianists perform a four-hand recital of Mozart, Moszkowski and more. Trevor Fraser,, "Amy Winehouse revival and more: 5 concerts for your Orlando area weekend," 13 June 2019 DuPont will present a recital of art songs, spirituals and gospels by both female and male black composers on June 26. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, "Festival Baltimore celebrates the County’s 'world-class' concert hall," 13 June 2019 Meanwhile, husband Lynn Chang (a violinist and composer) taught masterclasses and directed a recital by Arts+ merit scholars. charlotteobserver, "After 50 years, innovation and collaboration keep this Charlotte arts group buzzing," 4 June 2019 Taken together, these aspects of Mr. Sondheim’s work go a long way toward explaining why so few recitals of his songs have been recorded by top-tier pop and jazz performers. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Learning to Love Stephen Sondheim," 28 Nov. 2018 For many, Kraybill’s annual organ recital is as required for Super Bowl Sunday as Buffalo wings and a bowl of guacamole. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Delicate strings and mighty pipes join in ‘Opus 22: The Organ and BAS’," 3 Feb. 2018 The mid-career British pianist finished out this season’s extraordinary run of pianists visiting the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Julius Drake) with a recital of standards. Peter Dobrin,, "Paul Lewis closes Philadelphia Chamber Music Society piano series," 11 May 2018 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

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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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