One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A musical part for a solo voice or (later) a solo instrument.
2A division of the French pipe organ strictly consisting only of ranks of pipes normally enclosed within a swell box, but in practice also applied to the stops and manual used to sound these pipes.
3Literary Criticism. The narrative of a book as opposed to the dialogue; a book or passage consisting largely of narrative.
Mid 18th century. From French récit narrative, musical part for a solo voice, musical part for a solo instrument, principal part in a symphony (both 1768), division of the French pipe organ from réciter.
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