Examples of recitative in a Sentence
the second recitative of Act II
The opera made use of recitative.
Recent Examples of recitative from the Web
Media: Amber Elliot, Houston Chronicle Addressing the crowd in Norma’s first lines of dramatic recitative, Monastyrska got off to a rough start, her tone turning harsh at the top of her range and not ideally centered on pitch.
Abreu brings off the suicidal artist’s 30-minute succession of arias and accompanied recitatives most skillfully, while Mortellaro makes a most alluring love-object.
Out of five arias and four recitatives, Forsythe and a vivacious orchestra under Jeannette Sorrell crafted so many individual scenes, each with its own character and mood.
Here, with help from the pop/rock orchestration of music director Ben Kapilow, brief speech slides gracefully into recitative, then bursts into song as the passion of the speaker rises.
The conducting was brisk and buoyant, the recitatives clear and expressive.
Monteverdi, though, was careful to avoid long stretches of uninterrupted recitative.
These collective manipulations lend a creepy element to the recitatives, which were otherwise performed as Handel wrote them.
Glover conducted with urgency as well as accompanied recitatives on harpsichord.
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RECITATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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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