Definition of recitative in English:


Line breaks: reci¦ta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛsɪtəˈtiːv


[mass noun]
  • 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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