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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.
Now, then,--the recitative, for the sake of the moral.
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.
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.
Voice pedagogues in previous centuries confronted the same problem and found a key remedy in teaching recitative relatively early in a student's formation.
A number of Kreisler most famous pieces include: "Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice for Solo Violin, Op.
Listen, for example, to the recitative to Karina Gauvin's exemplary "Mi tradi," its shifts of mood enhanced by the ample decoration; listen, too, to the pointedly active fortepiano throughout.
Directed by and under the musical supervision of Camille Lopez Molina, 'Cosi fan Tutte' also features recitative parts which Manalac, 28, a voice graduate of St.
The first half, performed before the sermon, consists of a chorus, followed by a recitative and aria with a concluding chorale.
This is largely accounted for by the decision to trim a recitative, airs and a chorus from the final stages of the work, but it seemed throughout that conductor David Angus insisted on rapid tempos, so that there was little let up in the pace, apart from some cadences where the beat was suspended to allow soloists to execute attractive ornamentation.