I have noticed this phenomenon with several of my child's toys and children's cartoons where they sing. Basically, on the third and/or fourth measure of some phrases, the singer of the song will exclaim or say the lyrics rather than sing them. For example, in the alphabet song, "L-M-N-O-P!" is exclaimed with excitement as opposed to being sung like the letters preceding it. Is anyone familiar with this, and is there a name for it?

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    It’s probably the same as the non-musical term: speaking Nov 8, 2022 at 14:48
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    Not sure what it's called, but it's represented on the stave with xxxs rather than dots.
    – Tim
    Nov 8, 2022 at 15:15
  • I've seen notation "spoken", with xxx's rather than dots, as @Tim commented. Nov 8, 2022 at 21:05
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    FWIW, I've never heard "L-M-N-O-P" exclaimed, only sung. The question might benefit from additional examples.
    – Aaron
    Nov 10, 2022 at 0:28

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Yes, it happens.

No, there's no special name for it, apart from a simple description.


As part of a phrase, I think climax is a fine term to use.

Also, for the big, loud rendition of a final verse, you might call it the grande finale. You didn't ask that, but actually I though that was your question until I re-read it more carefully.

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    I have a really bad feeling that "climax" and "grande finale" (can) apply to those last, louder measures regardless of whether they are shouted/said or sung. I think the OP wants what to call shouted/said versions only.
    – Dekkadeci
    Nov 8, 2022 at 22:18

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