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Ger., 'speech-song'


A vocal utterance neither speech nor song, but somewhere in between. Schoenberg originated the technique and used it in Gurrelieder, Pierrot Lunaire and other works The singer executes the note (usually notated in a special way ) but does not hold it. A voice-part employing Sprechgesang is called Sprechstimme or "speaking voice".

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