- sung or played as though speaking or reciting (a musical direction).
Origin of parlando
1875–80; < Italian, present participle of parlare to speak; see parle
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Examples from the Web for parlando
His words are parlando, but the orchestra illumines them with music clear as a calcium light.
He tried to imitate ordinary conversational speech with music half sung and half spoken—what came to be called "parlando."How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
Instead of broad, flowing, but intelligible themes, a mongrel breed of recitative and parlando was to take their place.Old Fogy
Tonio comes forward and announces in parlando voice that "the comedy is finished!"
Parlando—well accented or enunciated; applied to melody playing.Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
- music to be performed as though speaking
Italian: speaking, from parlare to speak
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