Definition of recital in US English:

recital

noun

  • 1The performance of a program of music by a solo instrumentalist or singer or by a small group.

    ‘a piano recital’
    • ‘In the first half of the recital he performed music by Buxtehude, Bach and John Ireland.’
    • ‘At the festival he will perform a solo recital and play the Elgar concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.’
    • ‘It is also considered disruptive to clap individual songs or short instrumental pieces rather than at the end of each group at lieder recitals or early music concerts.’
    • ‘This recital will feature the music of Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Paul Schoenfield, Yehudi Wyner and Arlene Zallman.’
    • ‘She also studied composition, theory and harmony with Hugo Kauder, whose music she later performed in her recitals.’
    • ‘This is the person who will buy tickets to attend symphony concerts, opera, ballet, chamber music recitals, choral concerts and musical theater.’
    • ‘She has given noteworthy piano recitals as soloist and accompanist at Perth, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore.’
    • ‘He performed a solo recital at Benaroya Recital Hall and has appeared with several orchestras.’
    • ‘Six student recitals featuring Mier's music were held, two on Friday night, and four throughout the day on Saturday.’
    • ‘Since then, she has performed regularly in solo recitals and with orchestras.’
    • ‘Next Friday it performs a recital of sacred choral music at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford.’
    • ‘The first concert for the year, on March 26, features virtuoso pianist Harold Brown, who has travelled the world performing solo recitals and playing with symphony orchestras.’
    • ‘The music festival will offer numerous organ, harpsichord and piano recitals by emerging artists as well as internationally renowned soloists.’
    • ‘A fine pianist and singularly persuasive interpreter of his own music, Head was famous for his one-man recitals of his vocal music.’
    • ‘Dichter has performed in solo recitals and has appeared with virtually all of the world's major orchestras.’
    • ‘I dislike piano recitals, and prefer orchestral and choral music.’
    • ‘The unusually gifted child could play the piano at the age of three and at seven played a two-hour solo recital of music by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and a number of his own compositions.’
    • ‘They gave a video show outlining the history of the company, and the school's music teacher performed a recital.’
    • ‘They frequently perform duo piano recitals throughout North America.’
    • ‘Now that the girls do not have exams to work towards, they are going to focus on building up pieces of music for their repertoire to perform at recitals.’
    concert, performance, musical performance, public performance, solo performance, solo, show
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  • 2An enumeration or listing of connected names, facts, or elements.

    ‘a recital of their misfortunes’
    • ‘The film is much more than a dry recital of events.’
    • ‘A very brief recital of the relevant facts will suffice.’
    • ‘This work is not a recital of the principal events connected with Guru Nanak's life nor is it a compendium of his teachings.’
    • ‘That many people have begun to find a recital of these dangers tiresome is perhaps an even greater threat.’
    • ‘A recital of the story is not really possible with such a wide-ranging and epic film.’
    • ‘Given what most people today think they know about Fascism, this bare recital of facts is a mystery story.’
    • ‘He listened through each and every recital of the details.’
    • ‘One is the children's memorial: a dark, empty space broken only by myriad points of light, like stars, and by a continuous recital of the names of children who perished.’
    • ‘Italian restaurants restricted their list to Italian wines; French restaurant wine lists were a recital of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.’
    • ‘Brown seeks to show, with impressive erudition and illuminating analyses of many works of art, how imagination can be a vehicle of truth that is more profound than bare recitals of historical fact.’
    • ‘A story does not need to be a bland recital of events.’
    • ‘Their questions are good and they aren't looking for a recital of the details of the platform.’
    enumeration, list, litany, catalogue, listing, detailing, itemizing, specification
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  • 3usually recitalsLaw
    The part of a legal document that explains the purpose of the deed and gives factual information.

    • ‘The recitals do not give any indication of the purpose or scope of Art.6.’
    • ‘The same formula appears in the recital relating to the purpose of the 1880 purchase.’
    • ‘The following recitals explain the background and underlying policy of the Directive, so far as relevant for present purposes.’
    • ‘As the recitals to the Policy make clear, the appellant by virtue of the Policy is entitled to be a member of the Society.’
    • ‘One of the problems in that case was the use of recitals in legislation to establish constitutional facts.’
    • ‘You might note that the Crown law officer who drafted the lease got the proclamation wrong in the recitals but otherwise the documents are there, your Honours.’

Pronunciation

recital

/rəˈsīdl//rəˈsaɪdl/