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[res-i-tuh-tee-voh; Italian re-chee-tah-tee-vaw] /ˌrɛs ɪ təˈti voʊ; Italian ˌrɛ tʃi tɑˈti vɔ/
noun, plural recitativos, recitativi
[res-i-tuh-tee-vee; Italian re-chee-tah-tee-vee] /ˌrɛs ɪ təˈti vi; Italian ˌrɛ tʃi tɑˈti vi/ (Show IPA).
Origin of recitativo
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first of these was the recitativo secco, which means "dry recitative."

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The most important of all these improvements was the abandonment of recitativo secco.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • You will say that a recitativo can be but a poor Specimen of our Music.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • In his Matthew Passion and some of his cantatas the organist is to play short chords in recitativo secco.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • The words I did not understand, and so know not how they are fitted, but believe very well, and all in the recitativo very fine.

  • Alessandro Scarlatti was the first to make systematic use of that richer form of recitation known as recitativo stromentato.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The extreme development of recitativo stromentato is to be found in Wagner's later dramas, in which entire scenes are made of it.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • In his "Otello" he abandoned the old recitativo secco and produced an opera with recitativo stromentato throughout.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • This duet, charged with exotic rapture, opens with recitativo phrases for Ada.

  • It must consist of poetic passages connected by recitativo, to use an opera word; but it is perhaps better for that.

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