Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

Language uttered as in ordinary speech, but in musical tones.

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Usage examples "recitative":

  1. We are all in the same boat, resumed the Doctor in the deep tones which somehow sounded like bass recitative; the Rector, Colonel Russell, and I- not to say Carey himself. - "A Houseful of Girls", Sarah Tytler.
  2. In the thick darkness of the lonely fields he might have been some hero of the dead, mouthing a satanic recitative amid a chorus of lost souls. - "Gone to Earth", Mary Webb.
  3. The recitative arts, being spiritual in their nature, quite appropriately flourished in Christendom. - "The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine", Heinrich Heine.