rec·i·ta·tive /ˌrɛsətəˈtiv, ˌrɛstə-/
Rec·i·ta·tive n. Mus. A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; -- opposed to melisma.
Rec·i·ta·tive, a. Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative. -- Rec*i*ta*tive*ly, adv.
n : a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers
with natural rhythms of speech