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Parlando ( Italian , "talking") is a musical performance designation . It is fast singing, similar to spoken chant , with well-articulated pronunciation and a light tone, while paying close attention to the rhythm . This stylistic device is particularly popular in opera buffa ("comic opera") in every voice range.

In instrumental music , the instruction parlando requires a speaking, expressive performance.

See also


  • Peter Sieber (ed.): Language skills - better than their reputation and more necessary than ever . ( Sprachlandschaft series , vol. 12), Sauerländer, Aarau / Frankfurt am Main / Salzburg 1994.
  • Peter Sieber: Parlando in texts . Oldenburg: de Gruyter 2011.

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Wiktionary: Parlando  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations