Definition of Sprechstimme in US English:

Sprechstimme

(also sprechstimme)

noun

Music
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    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.’
    • ‘The vocal writing ranges between straightforward singing, Sprechstimme, and speech, depending on the dramatic role that the music must play.’
    • ‘He is use of Sprechstimme was strongly influenced by the cabaret style.’
    • ‘He sings mostly in bellows and muffled Sprechstimme.’
    1. 1.1 The kind of voice used in Sprechgesang.

Origin

German, literally ‘speech voice’.

Pronunciation

Sprechstimme

/ˈSHprekˌSHtimə/