[res-i-tuh-tee-voh; Italian re-chee-tah-tee-vaw]
Origin of recitativo
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for recitativo
The most important of all these improvements was the abandonment of recitativo secco.
The first of these was the recitativo secco, which means "dry recitative."
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.Bach
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.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete