Ritornello (It.; Fr. ritournelle)
- 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 ...