Definition of Sprechstimme in English:

Sprechstimme

noun

mass nounMusic
  • 1

    another term for Sprechgesang
    • ‘Carefully wrought dissonances, angular folk tunes, sudden shifts in dynamics, dense layers of spectral drones, slabs of noise, topped off with Dagmar's strange, elastic Sprechstimme; these are the tools of the Bears' trade.’
    • ‘He sings mostly in bellows and muffled Sprechstimme.’
    • ‘He is use of Sprechstimme was strongly influenced by the cabaret style.’
    • ‘The vocal writing ranges between straightforward singing, Sprechstimme, and speech, depending on the dramatic role that the music must play.’
    1. 1.1 The kind of voice used in Sprechgesang.

Origin

German, literally ‘speech voice’.

Pronunciation

Sprechstimme

/ˈʃprɛxˌʃtɪmə//ˈʃprɛçˌʃtɪmə/