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Ritornello (It.; Fr. ritournelle)locked

  • Michael Talbot

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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 ...

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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)
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