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Recitative Definition

(or Recitativo) Poem which is written to be spoken or performed - possibly with a musical accompaniment. See the opening line of To a Locomotive in Winter by Whitman.

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[n] a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech

Misc. Definitions

\Rec`i*ta*tive"\, n. [It. recitativo, or F. r['e]citatif. See {Recite}.] (Mus.) A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; -- opposed to melisma.
\Rec`i*ta*tive"\, a. Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative. -- {Rec`i*ta*tive"ly}, adv.

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