ritornello

play
noun ri·tor·nel·lo \ˌri-tər-ˈne-(ˌ)lō, ˌri-ˌtȯr-\

Definition of ritornello

plural

ritornelli

play \-ˈne-(ˌ)lē\ or

ritornellos

  1. 1a :  a short recurrent instrumental passage in a vocal compositionb :  an instrumental interlude in early opera

  2. 2 :  a tutti passage in a concerto or rondo refrain

Origin and Etymology of ritornello

Italian, diminutive of ritorno return, from ritornare to return, from ri- re- + tornare to turn, from Latin, to turn on a lathe — more at turn


First Known Use: 1632


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