[ res-i-tuh-tee-voh; Italian re-chee-tah-tee-vaw ]

noun,plural rec·i·ta·ti·vos, rec·i·ta·ti·vi [res-i-tuh-tee-vee; Italian re-chee-tah-tee-vee], /ˌrɛs ɪ təˈti vi; Italian ˌrɛ tʃi tɑˈti vi/, Music.

Origin of recitativo

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1610–20

Words Nearby recitativo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recitativo in a sentence

  • The first interruption, indeed, was a recitativo with chords, followed by a verse from the leading treble.

    The Woman-Hater | Charles Reade
  • Of course you know that there is no singing in it, but merely recitation, to which the music is a sort of obligato recitativo.

  • The recitativo stromentato, or accompanied recitative, was only used to emphasise situations of special importance.

    The Opera | R.A. Streatfeild
  • 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