recitative

re-chee-tah-TEE-veh
[Italian]
In an opera, oratorio, cantata, or other multi-movement vocal compositions, a recitative is a narrative song that describes some action, thought, or emotion. The recitative follows the natural flow of the language, and is more a speaking composition than a singing composition. The two styles of recitative are the dry (secco) style and the accompanied (accompagnato) or measured recitative (recitative misurato or stromentato) style. See also Recitative; secco; accompanied; accompagnato; measured recitative; recitative misurato; stromentato.

See Also

[French] récitative
[German] Rezitativ
[Italian] recitativo

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