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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
11-Dec-12 - 05:30 PM
Thread Name: I need a word or term: spoken song?
Subject: RE: I need a word or term: spoken song?
There are the operatic terms sprechgesang and sprechstimme.

Definitions from Opera terminology:

"Sprechgesang and Sprechstimme (German for spoken-song and spoken-voice) are musical terms used to refer to an expressionist vocal technique between singing and speaking. Though sometimes used interchangeably, sprechgesang is a term directly related to the operatic recitative manner of singing (in which pitches are sung, but the articulation is rapid and loose like speech), whereas sprechstimme is closer to speech itself (because it does not emphasise any particular pitches)."