Meaning of ritornello

ri•tor•nel•lo

Pronunciation: (rit"ur-nel'ōIt.rē"tôr-nel'lô), [key]
— pl. -los, -li
  1. an orchestral interlude between arias, scenes, or acts in 17th-century opera.
  2. a tutti section in a concerto grosso, aria, etc.
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