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