Definition of Sprechgesang in English:

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Sprechgesang

Pronunciation: /ˈʃprɛxɡəˌzaŋ/
/ˈʃprɛçɡəˌzaŋ/

noun

[mass noun] Music
A style of dramatic vocalization intermediate between speech and song.
Example sentences
  • The vocal parts are treated according to three alternating styles: song, spoken voice, and a sort of intermediate Sprechgesang, which mingle easily.
  • The solo part for this cycle of 21 songs to poems by Giraud (translated into German) is notated in approximate pitches (known as Sprechgesang or Sprechstimme).
  • In the music of Alban Berg, the progression from speech, through speech-melody (Sprechgesang) to singing, and back again becomes an essential part of the structure.

Origin

German, literally 'speech song'.

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