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The Italian recitativo is derived from the Latin recitare, a specialist term for reading out or reciting texts, such as a document during public proceedings. The concept was already used in a more general sense in ancient Rome to refer to readings of literary works, particularly dramatic works and especially comedy. The Italian verb recitare already began to occur sporadically in musical contexts in the 16th century (e.g. 150…

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Mautner, Hendrikje, “Recitative”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026704>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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