Definition of ripieno in US English:


nounPlural ripienos, Plural ripieni

  • usually as modifier The body of instruments accompanying the concertino in baroque concerto music.

    ‘the concertino is accompanied by ripieno strings’
    • ‘The distinction between the solo violin and the ripieno violins is also reduced as there is much less tonal distinction between them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A 5-voice ensemble of vocalists is contrasted with a ripieno group of twice as many voices.’
    • ‘It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.’
    backing, support, background, soundtrack, comp
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Early 18th century (in the sense ‘supplementary’): from Italian, from ri- ‘again’ + pieno ‘full’.