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A form of dramatic declamation between singing and speaking, in which the speaker uses lilt and rhythm but not precise pitches.

[German : sprechen, to speak (from Middle High German sprēchen, from Old High German sprehhan) + Stimme, voice (from Middle High German stimme, from Old High German stimma).]


(German ˈʃprɛçʃtɪmə)
(Music, other) music a vocal part employing sprechgesang
[C20: from German: speaking voice]


(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.sprechstimme - 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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In it, the composer uses Sprechstimme in Act One in order to represent the main character's (Ennis) uncertainty (Example 3), writing lyric lines for Ennis only in Act Two after he has become more self-aware (Example 4).
She descends into a kind of Sprechstimme at times, but manages a fine musicality throughout.
As was Pierrot Lunaire itself, Rosina drawing out the latent lyricism lurking beneath much of this cycle's expressionistic context, Gabriel's sprechstimme unafraid to flower into melody where appropriate.
Serra's seraph in white toga who declaims her lines about the son of God in an expressionless sprechstimme would not be out of place in the duo's mythological landscapes.
The dearth of identifiable motives precludes a sense of large-scale development, but, in what is perhaps Wuorinen's most satisfying approach to characterization, Ennis moves from Sprechstimme to something approaching lyricism over the course of the opera.
Duthoit makes the late Sprechstimme queen Cathy Berberian and the present-day avant-garde vocalist Donatienne Michel-Dansac seem tame by comparison.
Vocal lines move in and out of melody much more abruptly than operatic recitative--they're neither Wagnerian swellings into aria nor Schoenbergian sprechstimme but something stranger and freer than either and encompassing both.
What was missing now with his sprechstimme, his oration.
Peter Murphy's singing was dramatic and theatrical, employing an unpredictable variety of styles for each verse, from declamatory Sprechstimme to an ominous monotone, to frantic shrieking.
3] Sprechstimme he unable, at such a separation, (spoken, but with to envision any shape to our approximate pitch.) The career--but o constancy!
When it ended, he filled in more details while "singing" much of the movement, using the most unusual and humorous Sprechstimme one could possibly imagine (except for the sports celebrities who try to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Chicago's Wrigley Field).
His nasal Sprechstimme may be the most instantly identifiable sound on the planet; his songs teasingly allude to his biography while aspiring to the condition of poetry.