Definition of ripieno in English:


Syllabification: ri·pie·no
Pronunciation: /ripˈyānō

noun (plural ripienos or ripieni /-nē/)

[usually as modifier] Music
The body of instruments accompanying the concertino in baroque concerto music: the concertino is accompanied by ripieno strings
More example sentences
  • It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.
  • The distinction between the solo violin and the ripieno violins is also reduced as there is much less tonal distinction between them.
  • A 5-voice ensemble of vocalists is contrasted with a ripieno group of twice as many voices.


early 18th century (in the sense 'supplementary'): from Italian, from ri- (expressing intensive force) + pieno 'full'.

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