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rec·i·ta·tive 1(rĕs′ĭ-tā′tĭv, rĭ-sī′tə-tĭv)
Of, relating to, or having the character of a recital or recitation.
rec·i·ta·tive 2(rĕs′ĭ-tə-tēv′, rĕch′-)
1. A style used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas in which the text is declaimed in the rhythm of natural speech with slight melodic variation and little orchestral accompaniment.
2. A passage rendered in this style. In both senses also called recitativo.
[Italian recitativo, from recitare, to recite, from Latin recitāre; see recite.]
(Classical Music) a passage in a musical composition, esp the narrative parts in an oratorio, set for one voice with either continuo accompaniment only or full accompaniment, reflecting the natural rhythms of speech
[C17: from Italian recitativo]
of or relating to recital
rec•i•ta•tive1(ˈrɛs ɪˌteɪ tɪv, rɪˈsaɪ tə-)
of the nature of recital.
rec•i•ta•tive2(ˌrɛs ɪ təˈtiv)
1. a style of vocal music intermediate between speaking and singing.
2. a passage, part, or piece in this style.
A singing style like declaimed speech, used for essential narration in some operas and oratorios.