One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In baroque music: an instrumental (or vocal) performer who only plays (or sings) to reinforce the full ensemble, as opposed to one of the principal performers (concertists).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in New Monthly Magazine. From ripieno + -ist, after German Ripienist.
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