from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Music To be sung in a style suggestive of speech. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of music to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speaking; in a speaking or declamatory manner; to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, noting a passage or a style of singing in which there is some approach to declamation or recitative, involving specially careful enunciation.


Italian, present participle of parlare, to speak, from Vulgar Latin *paraulāre; see parley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian parlando ("saying") (Wiktionary)


  • (The word parlando means literally-speaking.) _Pastorale_ -- in simple and unaffected style, (lit. -- pastoral, rural).

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  • The vocal writing is less persuasive, much of it a shapeless parlando that is merely a vehicle for the text.

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  • Paolo Gavanelli, as the much put upon Geronio (above center), proves again that he is one of the world's great buffo baritones, delivering a spectacular display of parlando (Italian patter).

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  • Two popular singers would contrast the traditional mellifluous Broadway style of a Howard Keel with the more parlando style of a Frank Sinatra lounge act in Las Vegas.

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  • In his madrigals, from 1581 onwards, and in his compositions for the theatre he deserted the old counterpoint in favour of a pathetic parlando style.

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  • Charles Petit is the director of this superb video clip to the musical composition “Playa Bianca” with sweet parlando vocals by French writer Michel Houellebecq.

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  • What he sang were not so much recognizable tunes, as a kind of personal parlando, set to melodies very much his own, reminiscent of Sch6nberg by negligence rather than design, for he was not very musical.

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  • Sieglinda's phrases are simple, many of them exquisite, most of them designed to be sung parlando, rather spoken than really sung.

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  • Instead of broad, flowing, but intelligible themes, a mongrel breed of recitative and parlando was to take their place.

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  • I've known the most charming women of our time -- women of an order to which Miss Francie, con rispetto parlando, will never begin to belong.

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