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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 periodicals archive ?
Doni would doubtless claim that the settings `in stile recitativo' and the madrigals and sonnets are fairly perfunctory, with some rather odd text-setting (was Frescobaldi's wife out of the room?).
Now I'm getting closer: try Guido Casone's reworkings of Tasso, also set by Biagio Marini in his Le lagrime d'Erminia in stile recitativo (Parma, 1623).