Sprechstimme
(SPREK-shtim-me)


[Ger.]


A vocal style in which the melody is spoken at approximate pitches rather than sung on exact pitches. The Sprechstimme was developed by Arnold Schoenberg.


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLE:

Berg: Wozzeck, Act III. Scene 1, "And out of his mouth . . ."
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 42

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