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Recitative (Fr. récitatif; Ger. Rezitativ; It. recitativo)locked

  • Dale E. Monson,
  • Jack Westrup
  •  and Julian Budden


A type of vocal writing, normally for a single voice, with the intent of mimicking dramatic speech in song. In practice its nature has varied widely by era, nationality, origin and context.

Recitativo is properly an adjective. As a noun, short for stile recitativo, it occurs as early as ...

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