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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.]
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(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
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(ˈrɛs ɪˌteɪ tɪv, rɪˈsaɪ tə-)

of the nature of recital.


(ˌrɛs ɪ təˈtiv)

1. a style of vocal music intermediate between speaking and singing.
2. a passage, part, or piece in this style.
[1635–45; < Italian recitativo. See recite, -ate1, -ive]
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A singing style like declaimed speech, used for essential narration in some operas and oratorios.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recitative - a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
arioso - (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
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A. ADJrecitativo
B. Nrecitado m
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nRezitativ nt
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References in classic literature ?
When we moved off in this order, the natives struck up a musical recitative, which with various alternations, they continued until we arrived at the place of our destination.
As we proceeded on our way, bands of young girls, darting from the surrounding groves, hung upon our skirts, and accompanied us with shouts of merriment and delight, which almost drowned the deep notes of the recitative. On approaching old Marheyo's domicile, its inmates rushed out to receive us; and while the gifts of Mehevi were being disposed of, the superannuated warrior did the honours of his mansion with all the warmth of hospitality evinced by an English squire when he regales his friends at some fine old patrimonial mansion.
He was not a remarkably fluent reader, and was in the habit of reading in a sort of recitative half-aloud, by way of calling in his ears to verify the deductions of his eyes.
Now, then,--the recitative, for the sake of the moral.
The actors made their entries and exits unobserved or unthought of; at certain conventional moments, the spectators would suddenly cease their conversation, or rouse themselves from their musings, to listen to some brilliant effort of Moriani's, a well-executed recitative by Coselli, or to join in loud applause at the wonderful powers of La Specchia; but that momentary excitement over, they quickly relapsed into their former state of preoccupation or interesting conversation.
Once a few recitatives in English are studied, the teacher may consider whether to go on to Italian or French, each of which has its own distinctive linguistic accent and resulting style.
He picks up on English taste again in the third chapter, on librettos: "whereas recitatives in Italy could be extensive, the recitative-aria ratio for the London audience had to be heavily weighted to the latter" (p.
He said, 'Studying the opera is a challenge because I did some parts of it before, but now we will add recitatives. Mozart's work sounds easy, but if you work and perform it, it has big, big obstacles for a singer when it comes to technique and endurance.'
Back again as a first-choice soloist, she has gained even more dramatic power and musicality, allied to a commanding stage presence, immediately obvious in her opening recitatives.
A strong bass delivered splendid recitatives -Alex Ashworth certainly entered into Handel's spirited account of God's wrath, darkness and fire -.eventually being joined by Jonathan Holland's sparkling triumphant trumpet.
With potential for interest from audiences outside religious studies, the topics are diverse: Paul and the emotional diversity of the Hellenistic meal; the metamorphosis of the monolithic in the Bible to the fragmented in rabbinic thought; emotional excitement in cantorial recitatives; emotional and cognitive rhythms in Jewish ritual music; the McCauley-Lawson theory; and a new method for analyzing emotions in Jewish texts.
The performance will include all the famous arias (including the fiery "Habanera") and choruses, but minus the recitatives. The chorus, led by artistic director Christopher Shepard, will be joined by the Worcester Children's Chorus and guest soloists Krista River, Karen Driscoll, Charles Blandy and Dimitrie Lazich.