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1a : a detailed account : enumeration <a recital of names and dates>

b : the act or process or an instance of reciting
c : discourse, narration <a colorful recital of a night on the town>

2a : a concert given by an individual musician or dancer or by a dance troupe

b : a public exhibition of skill given by music or dance pupils


A recital is a musical (vocal or instrumental) performance. It can highlight a single performer, sometimes accompanied by piano, or a performance of the works of a single composer.

The invention of the solo piano recital has been attributed to Franz Liszt.

Also, a recital may have many participants, as for a dance recital.