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[German : sprechen, to speak; see sprechstimme + Gesang, song (from Middle High German gisanc, from Old High German gisang, from singan, to sing; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Music, other) music a type of vocalization between singing and recitation in which the voice sings the beginning of each note and then falls rapidly from the notated pitch. It was originated by Arnold Schoenberg, who used it in Pierrot Lunaire (1912)
[C20: from German, literally: speaking-song]
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sprech•ge•sang(Ger. ˈʃprɛx gəˌzɑŋ)
a vocal style intermediate between speech and singing but without exact pitch intonation.
[1925–30; < German, =sprech(en) to speak + Gesang song]
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