Sprechstimme

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Sprechstimme.

Noun[edit]

Sprechstimme (uncountable)

  1. A dramatic vocal style midway between speaking and singing.
    • 1999: The woozy “Black Market Baby” and spooky sprechstimme of “What's He Building?” are prime latter-day Waits, as are a host of other numbers that sound like work songs bellowed down a Tin Pan Alley. — Bradley Bambarger, Billboard 20 Mar 1999 (Innocent When You Dream, Orion Books 2006, p. 208)

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