Definition of Sprechgesang in English:

Sprechgesang

(also sprechgesang)

noun

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

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The vocal parts are treated according to three alternating styles: song, spoken voice, and a sort of intermediate Sprechgesang, which mingle easily.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

German, literally speech song.

Pronunciation:

Sprechgesang

/ˈSHprekɡəˌzäNG/