A rite of passage for a student in a conservatory or other music school. For undergraduates, there are usually two recitals, a Junior Recital and a Senior Recital, corresponding with the last two years of their study.

For music performance majors, the recital will usually include a range of music to show the breadth and depth of their education. Typical for classical musicians is a program with Baroque Music, Classical Music, Romantic Music, and 20th Century Music. Most recitals include solo music and chamber music.

Composers produce a concert of their own music, often trying to incorporate an element of thematic connection or smooth production. Some composers prefer to conduct or perform their music, while others like to leave it up to other musicians to put their own spin on it.

Re*cit"al (?), n. [From Recite.]


The act of reciting; the repetition of the words of another, or of a document; rehearsal; as, the recital of testimony.


A telling in detail and due order of the particulars of anything, as of a law, an adventure, or a series of events; narration.



That which is recited; a story; a narration.

4. Mus.

A vocal or instrumental performance by one person; -- distinguished from concert; as, a song recital; an organ, piano, or violin recital.

5. Law

The formal statement, or setting forth, of some matter of fact in any deed or writing in order to explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded; the statement of matter in pleading introductory to some positive allegation.


Syn. -- Account; rehearsal; recitation; narration; description; explanation; enumeration; detail; narrative. See Account.


© Webster 1913.

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