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Aria vs. Recitative

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Main Difference

The main difference between Aria and Recitative is that the Aria is a musical piece for a single voice as part of a larger work and Recitative is a musical form in opera, cantata, mass or oratorio.

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  • Aria (noun)

    A musical piece written typically for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment in an opera or cantata.

  • Recitative (noun)

    dialogue, in an opera etc, that, rather than being sung as an aria, is reproduced with the rhythms of normal speech, often with simple musical accompaniment or harpsichord continuo, serving to expound the plot

  • Recitative (adjective)

    of a recital

Wiktionary
  • Aria (noun)

    a long accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera or oratorio.

  • Recitative (noun)

    musical declamation of the kind usual in the narrative and dialogue parts of opera and oratorio, sung in the rhythm of ordinary speech with many words on the same note

    "singing in recitative"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Aria (noun)

    An air or song; a melody; a tune.

  • Recitative (noun)

    A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; - opposed to melisma.

  • Recitative (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative.

Webster Dictionary
  • Aria (noun)

    an elaborate song for solo voice

  • Aria (noun)

    an elaborate song for solo voice

  • Recitative (noun)

    a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech

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