American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Music To be sung in a style suggestive of speech. Used chiefly as a direction.
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. The word is also sometimes used to indicate emphasis upon a particular voice-part or melody as distinguished from accompanying parts.
- n. music A piece of music to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Mus.) Speaking; in a speaking or declamatory manner; to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.
- Italian parlando ("saying") (Wiktionary)
- Italian, present participle of parlare, to speak, from Vulgar Latin *paraulāre; see parley. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(The word parlando means literally-speaking.) _Pastorale_ -- in simple and unaffected style, (lit. -- pastoral, rural).”
“The vocal writing is less persuasive, much of it a shapeless parlando that is merely a vehicle for the text.”
“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).”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Sieglinda's phrases are simple, many of them exquisite, most of them designed to be sung parlando, rather spoken than really sung.”
“Instead of broad, flowing, but intelligible themes, a mongrel breed of recitative and parlando was to take their place.”
“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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