I succeeded in the recitative; it was well accented, full of energy and excellent modulation.
I have been there, and have laughed heartily at the recitative in your operas.
After ending a recitative in a flat key, he will suddenly begin an air in three or four sharps; and this by way of novelty.
The recitative stopped; there was a murmur of mingled voices, and footsteps.
It was one of these three that from time to time took up the recitative, the female chorus breaking in after each line.
Scenes sung as recitative, with musical accompaniment, in MSS.
Burney assigns to it the credit of being "the first sacred drama or oratorio in which recitative was used."
Meanwhile Valentine has begun her recitative, "I am alone," etc.; but she hurries it.
There was really nothing, he continued; it was all recitative and declamation.
Saint Bris shouts the recitative which summons the Catholics to vengeance.
"style of musical declamation intermediate between speech and singing, form of song resembling declamation," 1650s, from Italian recitativo, from recitato, past participle of recitare, from Latin recitare "read out, read aloud" (see recite). From 1640s as an adjective. The Italian form of the word was used in English from 1610s.
A part of a cantata, opera, or oratorio in which singers converse, describe action, or declaim. It moves the action forward between the high musical moments. Recitatives are distinguished from arias, which are more expressive and musically more elaborate. Recitatives usually have only one syllable of text for each note of music, and the accompaniment by instruments is often very simple.