Recitative

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Definition

A type of vocal writing where the music follows the rhythm of speech, used in operas and oratorios. A recitative is usually a short section for solo voice with sparse accompaniment. Its purpose is to move the story along. Recitatives are most often sung immediately before an Aria (Italian word for song).

Examples


Recitative is from the beginning until about 1 minute 30 seconds in.


Recitative is from the beginning until about 3 minute 40 seconds in.


The first 35 seconds is the recitative, whilst the remainder of the clip is an Aria (with trumpet obbligato).

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