Definitions for recapitulationˌri kəˌpɪtʃ əˈleɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palingenesis, recapitulation(noun)

    emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species

  2. recapitulation(noun)

    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated

  3. recapitulation, recap, review(noun)

    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

  4. recapitulation(noun)

    (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)


  1. recapitulation(Noun)

    A subsequent brief recitement or enumeration of the major points in a narrative, article, or book.

  2. recapitulation(Noun)

    The third major section of a musical movement written in sonata form, representing thematic material that originally appeared in the exposition section.

  3. recapitulation(Noun)

    The reenactment of the embryonic development in evolution of the species.

  4. recapitulation(Noun)

    The symmetry provided by Christ's life to the teachings of the Old Testament; the summation of human experience in Jesus Christ.

  5. Origin: From recapitulaciun et al., recapitulacion et al., or their source, from recapitulatio, from the participle stem of recapitulare, from re- + capitulum, diminutive of caput.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recapitulation(noun)

    the act of recapitulating; a summary, or concise statement or enumeration, of the principal points, facts, or statements, in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay


  1. Recapitulation

    In music theory, the recapitulation is one of the sections of a movement written in sonata form. The recapitulation occurs after the movement's development section, and typically presents once more the musical themes from the movement's exposition. This material is most often recapitulated in the tonic key of the movement, in such a way that it reaffirms that key as the movement's home key. In some sonata form movements, the recapitulation presents a straightforward image of the movement's exposition. However, many sonata form movements, even early examples, depart from this simple procedure. Devices used by composers include incorporating a secondary development section, or varying the character of the original material, or rearranging its order, or adding new material, or omitting material altogether, or overlaying material that was kept separate in the exposition. The composer of a sonata form movement may disguise the start of the recapitulation as an extension of the development section. Conversely, the composer may write a "false recapitulation", which gives the listener the idea that the recapitulation has begun, but proves on further listening to be an extension of the development section.

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