Definition of Sprechgesang in English:

Sprechgesang

(also sprechgesang)

noun

Music
  • A style of dramatic vocalization intermediate between speech and song.

    • ‘In the music of Alban Berg, the progression from speech, through speech-melody (Sprechgesang) to singing, and back again becomes an essential part of the structure.’
    • ‘The vocal parts are treated according to three alternating styles: song, spoken voice, and a sort of intermediate Sprechgesang, which mingle easily.’
    • ‘The solo part for this cycle of 21 songs to poems by Giraud (translated into German) is notated in approximate pitches (known as Sprechgesang or Sprechstimme).’

Origin

German, literally ‘speech song’.

Pronunciation

Sprechgesang

/ˈSHprekɡəˌzäNG/