A comic song in opera and operetta that are characterized by a moderately fast to very fast tempo with a rapid succession of rhythmic patterns that each have a syllable of text to be sung by the singer. The text is often filled with difficult, tongue-twisting lyrics that are very entertaining to listen to. These songs are typically composed for a bass or baritone voice. Patter songs are very prominent in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan and can be found in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and others. The patter song is still used today and a more recent version can be found in Stephen Sondheim's song Getting Married Today from his Broadway musical Company.
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