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Aria vs. Recitative

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Arianoun

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

Recitativenoun

(music) 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

Arianoun

An air or song; a melody; a tune.

Recitativeadjective

of a recital

Arianoun

an elaborate song for solo voice

Recitativenoun

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.

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Arianoun

an elaborate song for solo voice

Recitativeadjective

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

Arianoun

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

Recitativenoun

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

Aria

In music, an aria ([ˈaːrja]; Italian: air; plural: arie [ˈaːrje], or arias in common usage, diminutive form arietta [aˈrjetta], plural ariette, or in English simply air) is a self-contained piece for one voice, with or without instrumental or orchestral accompaniment, normally part of a larger work. An aria is a formal musical composition unlike its counterpart, the recitative.

Recitativenoun

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’;

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Recitative

Recitative (, also known by its Italian name ([retʃitaˈtiːvo])) is a style of delivery (much used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas) in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms and delivery of ordinary speech. Recitative does not repeat lines as formally composed songs do.

‘recitativo’;

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