Definition of Ritornel
1. a short instrumental passage [n -S]
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Literary usage of Ritornel
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1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"... as in ' Sylvia,' where the persistent dotted quaver in the bass, and the rare but delicious ritornel of two notes in the treble of the piano-part (bars ..."
2. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1862)
"The voice now sets in, in D major and takes immediately the same course as the ritornel ; but towards the end (at c) its development extends itself into a ..."
3. Shakespeare from Betterton to Irving by George Clinton Densmore Odell (1920)
"... after the next, "ritornel of Violins." The first act, "Set to Musick by Mr. John Eccles," has an Overture of Violins and Hautbois, and for the entry of ..."
4. Life of Richard Wagner by Carl Friedrich Glasenapp, William Ashton Ellis (1900)
"beyond his models and masters in this respect, that he adds much to the effect of his scenes by an extremely characteristic orchestral ritornel. ..."
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