I've noticed that people who learned to daven in the Conservative movement have a particular recititive which they use for weekday nusach and another for Shabbat nusach (this is among those who learned from chazzanim who knew the difference). What is the origin of this nusach?

[recordings to be made and linked]

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    Edited from Wikipedia: Recitative is a style of delivery (much used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas) in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms of ordinary speech. Recitative does not repeat lines as formally composed songs do. It resembles sung ordinary speech more than a formal musical composition. Nov 28, 2016 at 17:43
  • A recording of this could be helpful.
    – Daniel
    Nov 28, 2016 at 18:52
  • @Daniel, uploaded Nov 28, 2016 at 19:06
  • huh. I grew up in a Conservative shul and I never heard it said that way. When I had my bar mitzvah, I was taught it like this: youtube.com/watch?v=yE9_9zekHY0&t=14m55s (which I also hear in Orthodox synagogues)
    – Daniel
    Nov 28, 2016 at 19:16
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    @Avrohom, in Jewish synagogue music, "recitative" means something different. A synagogue recitative is a free-form solo setting of the text, usually sounding somewhat improvisatory but possibly fully composed, in a manner more imaginative than the plain nusach. It can repeat words or phrases in moments of heightened emotion. As an example, Lewandowski's famous setting of the Shabbat kiddush (the one everyone knows in Ashkenazic circles) can be considered a recitative (except for the "ki vanu vacharta" melody). Nov 29, 2016 at 13:20


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