Show Summary Details

Page of
PRINTED FROM Oxford Music Online. © Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single article in Oxford Music Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

Ritornello (It.; Fr. ritournelle)locked

  • Michael Talbot


A diminutive of the word ritorno, meaning ‘return’. In Italian musical terminology a ritornello can mean a simple repeat, as indicated, for example, by a repeat sign. The earliest use of the word as a technical term occurs in folk poetry, where it denotes a form made up of three-line stanzas, the first and third of which rhyme; an alternative term is ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

M. Praetorius: Syntagma musicum, i (Wittenberg and Wolfenbüttel, 1614-15, 2/1615/R); ii (Wolfenbüttel, 1618, 2/1619/R; Eng. trans., 1986, 2/1991); iii (Wolfenbüttel, 1618, 2/1619/R)
Music & Letters