how to pronounce recitative


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recitative is pronounced in four syllables

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meanings of recitative


  1. 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.


  1. Of a recital.

recitative frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word recitative occurs in english on average 0.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics recitative can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that recitative can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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