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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).]


(German ˈʃprɛçɡəzaŋ)
(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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sprechgesang - a style of dramatic vocalization between singing and speaking
phonation, vocalisation, vocalization, vox, voice, vocalism - the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract; "a singer takes good care of his voice"; "the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations"
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Fred Schneider's trademark talking/ singing style known in the trade as sprechgesang, hasn't changed over four decades and is a major part of the B52s twist.
The techniques of Sprechstimme and Sprechgesang have been with us for over a century now.
Later, he worked with Richard Wagner and is credited with being the first composer to use Sprechgesang, a vocal technique halfway between singing and speaking.
Tenha-se em mente que Sprechgesang e privilegio de Schoenberg; originalidade de massa sonora, de Ligeti; contrastes de intensidade, massa e tessitura, de Beethoven; variedade de textura, de Bach; dissonancia ritmica, de Schumann; timbre, da musica francesa; estrutura, da alema; lirismo, dos grandes poetas.
Sir John Tomlinson, as Moses, was a genuinely imposing presence, his slow, deliberate movements and dark, sonorous declamation of Schoenberg's sprechgesang powerfully conveying the character's irreconcilable mixture of deep reticence and unshakable belief.
As regards Petrielka, definitely deserving to be performed are the Relay, Mikulas the Sailor (notable not only owing to the use of quarter-tones, jazz orchestra and Sprechgesang), occasionally heard too should be his string quartets, while his opera Pavel the Miner should at least be staged occasionally by small theatres.
S'il en est ainsi, et compte tenu de ce que chaque culture presente des formes d'organisation musicale specifiques - pensons aux appels du muezzin, au Sprechgesang de Schonberg, aux jeux de gorge des femmes Inuit, au bel canto--, le fait musical est bien un phenomene universel: a ce titre, la recherche des universaux de la musique est tout a fait legitime.
The three acts are structurally repetitive and populated with the kinds of hometown anecdotes and stories that feature in most of Ashley's operas, all of it performed by the man himself in his masterful and grandfatherly sprechgesang style (as well as by other nimble-voiced performers, who pipe up with frequent interjections and elaborations).
Der somalische Rapper K'Naan verarbeitet seine schrecklichen Kindheitserfahrungen zu einem befreienden Sprechgesang. Die Zeit, 2 August.
Schoenberg also supported the concept of sprechgesang or 'speech-song," a type of singing that is close to speech, and many of his compositions use this technique.
The melodram also had a profound influence on Arnold Schoenberg, with his development of Sprechgesang in which he notated the rhythm of the speech and the general range but not exact pitch.
German and French authors tend to preserve the original meaning of Sprechstimme--a part in the texture--and use Sprechgesang or Sprechmelodie for the sound and technique.