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  • n  a style of dramatic vocalization between singing and speaking

  • In works such as the 1912 Pierrot lunaire, Arnold Schoenberg invented the device of sprechstimme, or speech-song; in The Cave Reich has perfected the principle and built an entire .
  • Like Schnberg he used the combination of song and speech which the Germans call sprechstimme.

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