recitative[res′ə tə tēv′]
- a type of declamatory singing, with the rhythm and tempo of speech, but uttered in musical tones, used in the prose parts and dialogue of operas and oratorios
- a work or passage in this style
- music for such passages
Origin of recitativeItalian recitativo ; from Classical Latin recitare, recite
having the nature, or in the style or manner, of recitative
Of, relating to, or having the character of a recital or recitation.
- 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.
- A passage rendered in this style. In both senses also called recitativo.
Origin of recitativeItalian recitativo, from recitare, to recite, from Latin recitāre; see recite.
(comparative more recitative, superlative most recitative)
- of a recital