What does the word recitative mean?

Usage examples for recitative

  1. 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 by Mary Webb
  2. The recitative arts, being spiritual in their nature, quite appropriately flourished in Christendom. – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine