- n. A dramatic vocal style midway between speaking and singing.
- n. a style of dramatic vocalization between singing and speaking
- From German Sprechstimme. (Wiktionary)
“I could take it until the term Sprechstimme popped up in an article on The Supremes.”
“The mannerisms that drive some people crazy were all there — vaults into notes from initial consonants a floor or two below; sudden shifts into near-Sprechstimme stage whisper; slide-whistle floating in high, soft phrases; a certain slipperiness of vowel (“uh” became “eh” fairly consistently).”
“A recording of Arnold Schönberg's Sprechstimme -style setting of Albert Giraud's poem sequence "Pierrot Lunaire" is played continually in the back room.”
“Nor is the singing allowed to be pretty: Much of it is delivered in a kind of Sprechstimme.”
“Both roles featured the swooping phrases and extreme leaps characteristic of both Chinese opera and the 20th-century song-speech technique of Sprechstimme, emphasizing the nonhuman essence of these characters without resorting to caricature.”
“Lucy Shelton was the soprano, singing with a text-driven timbral variety that ran the gamut from whispered Sprechstimme to soaring verismo; Christoph Altstaedt conducted.”
“A similar conceit was employed the following night to better effect, when eighth blackbird and the soprano Lucy Shelton performed Arnold Schoenberg's 1912 atonal masterpiece "Pierrot Lunaire," the work that introduced the world to Sprechstimme”
“His Sprechstimme veered closer to singing than most, giving the impression of someone whose voice has been appropriated by another, racked by thunderous words that suddenly, haltingly spill out.”
“Sprechstimme -- an expressionist vocal technique that falls between singing and speaking.”
“I'll can the Sprechstimme and screams, and stick in some catchy rhythmic tunes, and we'll have a hit on our hands.”
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