Ritornelle


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Rit`or`nelle´


n.1.(Mus.) A short return or repetition; a concluding symphony to an air, often consisting of the burden of the song.
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Wants to approach her, but at that very moment, the 1st ARCHIVAL YOUTH, to the strains of a Ritornelle, quickly flaring up and then fading away, invites her to dance.
But sometimes his thoughts get fuzzy, he lets his guard down and a complacent, cheerful demon takes over and he coochie coos her stomach with a feather and makes funny faces--the same thing happens to writers, musicians, artists and other sorcerers--and then, still caught in the vicious cycle, in the ritornelle, his critic's eye eludes him and he sees only what he wants to see.
Passing to the lay and secular sphere, that of culture which knows no denominational frontiers, as it were symbiotic, where Jews and Muslims met, shared the same preoccupations and were moved by the same impulses, we find Berber and Arabic poetry, the qissa (tale) and the malhun, the ballade and the ritornelle (`arubi'), the great compositions in Eastern Arabic, Hispanic or local language, those connected with classical Andalusian music (Hayk's anthology for Morocco, Nathan Yafil for Algeria and Sfina ma'luf for Tunisia), all those, very numerous, inscribed in a lahan at the top of compositions of piyyutim(2) and serving as models for the creation of Hebrew poetry itself and for Jewish sacred and secular music, that of the piyyut and the popular song.