recitative

noun rec·i·ta·tive \ ˌre-sə-tə-ˈtēv , ˌre-stə- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of recitative

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 : recitation 2

recitative

adjective

Examples of recitative in a Sentence

  1. the second recitative of Act II

  2. The opera made use of recitative.

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Origin and Etymology of recitative

Italian recitativo, from recitare to recite, from Latin


RECITATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

recitative

noun

Definition of recitative for English Language Learners

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


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