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(Fr. ritournelle; It. ritornello; Ger. Ritornell).

A return (ritornello is a little return). (1) The refrain in 14th‐ and 15th‐cent. madrigal‐type comps. (2) An It. folk‐song, each stanza of 3 lines, the last line rhyming with the first. (3) The repetition of the instr. introduction to a song, and hence also the instr. introduction itself. (4) In the classical conc., the return of the full orch. after a solo passage, same as tutti. (5) Synonym for da capo.

(1) The refrain in 14th‐ and 15th‐cent. madrigal‐type comps. (2) An It. folk‐song, each stanza of 3 lines, the last line rhyming with the first. (3) The repetition of the instr. introduction to a song, and hence also the instr. introduction itself. (4) In the classical conc., the return of the full orch. after a solo passage, same as tutti. (5) Synonym for da capo.

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