Recitative and Aria is not dead

A pupil asked to listen to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you‘.

I could barely remember how it went but I recognised an introduction over simple chords with free vocals before the main body of the song in a different tempo and I thought ‘recitative and aria’.

The first classical example to occur to me was ‘Behold I tell you a mystery…’. I’m sure there’s others I could have referred to.

And another pop example (one of my favourites) is Gloria Gaynor’s I will survive.