Definition of recitative in English:


Syllabification: rec·i·ta·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌres(ə)təˈtēv


Musical declamation of the kind usual in the narrative and dialogue parts of opera and oratorio, sung in the rhythm of ordinary speech with many words on the same note: singing in recitative
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  • I detest recitative in its baroque continuo form.
  • There the very first note of the opening recitative is a tone lower - G - with the first and the fourth notes of the phrase therefore the same.
  • The piece is an artful reworking both of Hungarian folk music and Baroque recitative.


mid 17th century: from Italian recitativo, from Latin recitare 'to read out' (see recite).

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