- 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. Also called 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