adjective & adverbMusic
(with reference to singing) expressive or declamatory in the manner of speech.
Composition or performance in a parlando manner.‘the high-lying parlando of Siegfried's narration’
- ‘Do we have to emphasize that this highly complex mode of recitation with accompaniment has nothing to do with the rhythmical parlando practiced by vaudeville singers in the 19th century?’
- ‘But if you are not careful, the music never really gets a chance to speak; vocal lines which are a constant parlando with orchestral accompaniment produce something more akin to a play with incidental music.’
- ‘Glass' score trades in many of his familiar musical fingerprints - pulsing ostinatos, repeating rhythms, short vocal lines based on simple melodic ideas treated in parlando, or conversational, style.’
- ‘A telling sign's the amount of speech and bare parlando employed - it's as though Martinu doesn't quite trust music to tell a story or illuminate character.’
Italian, literally speaking.