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Definition of "ritornello" [ritornello]

  • An instrumental interlude recurring after each stanza in a vocal work. (noun)
  • A passage or section for full orchestra in a concerto or aria. (noun)
  • An instrumental interlude in early 17th-century opera. (noun)
  • The refrain of a rondo. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ritornello" in a sentence
  • "They memorably incorporate, as a kind of ritornello, a string arrangement of the exquisite opening bars of the Prelude in C-sharp minor from Book Two of"
  • ""ritornello," and I had fondly imagined its impassioned lines were all for me!"
  • "The musical content is that of a children's song; the strophic structure actually diminishes any sense of conflict; the insouciant ritornello — — resets each verse like rounds of a game."