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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. 2017.
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  • 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 first of these was the recitativo secco, which means "dry recitative."

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The recitativo secco was accompanied by the harpsichord, at which the composer himself presided.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • The most important of all these improvements was the abandonment of recitativo secco.

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

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • The first interruption, indeed, was a recitativo with chords, followed by a verse from the leading treble.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • 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
  • 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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