[German shprekh-guh-zahng]

Origin of sprechgesang

< German, equivalent to sprech(en) to speak + Gesang song
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British Dictionary definitions for sprechgesang


  1. music a type of vocalization between singing and recitation in which the voice sings the beginning of each note and then falls rapidly from the notated pitch. It was originated by Arnold Schoenberg, who used it in Pierrot Lunaire (1912)

Word Origin for sprechgesang

C20: from German, literally: speaking-song
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