recitative :

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  • n  a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech

  • Presented recitative-style, with alternating spoken dialogue and songs that reveal characters' feelings and motivations, there are secrets revealed, kidnappings, bumbling henchmen .
  • The form was the same, in the sense that each character spoke with his own voice to compose a harsh recitative for a community.
  • The language of Clockers is finally transformative, turning what might have been no more than a slice of mean-streets realism into a sort of rap opera, in which pained recitative .

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