One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier The body of instruments accompanying the concertino in baroque concerto music.‘the concertino is accompanied by ripieno strings’
backing, support, background, soundtrack, compView synonyms
- ‘The distinction between the solo violin and the ripieno violins is also reduced as there is much less tonal distinction between them.’
- ‘It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.’
- ‘A 5-voice ensemble of vocalists is contrasted with a ripieno group of twice as many voices.’
- ‘Since much of the Vivaldi repertoire is concerti, I wondered at first how this one-on-a-part ethos would affect the shaping of contrasts between soloists and ripieno.’
Early 18th century (in the sense ‘supplementary’): from Italian, from ri- ‘again’ + pieno ‘full’.
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