Origin of recitative1
Origin of recitative2
Examples from the Web for recitative
Historical Examples of recitative
In France we have never had—apart from a few attempts in opéra-comique—a recitative that exactly expressed our natural speech.Musicians of To-Day
In the preface to his score of "Euridice" Peri has set forth his ideas about recitative.Some Forerunners of Italian Opera
William James Henderson
In airs, in concerted pieces, in recitative, she was equally admirable.History of the Opera from its Origin in Italy to the present Time
Henry Sutherland Edwards
In his hands the aria took a new meaning, and the recitative became a flexible and responsive instrument.Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas
W. J. Henderson
The work then proceeds in recitative, varied by choruses, duets, and trios.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
Word Origin for recitative
"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.