Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of Italian folk-song, usually improvised and either sentimental or satirical.
“Grotesque (Rough Trade, 1981) door to the excess their austera atonalita `, the amatoriale climate and the flow of conscience of Smith in a series of jam/comizi to rhythm rockabilly that they remember David Peel (stornello folk of road Elastic Man and the rockabilly demenziale of Pay Your Rates as an example).”
“We had reached that stage of the banquet when the game was about to be served -- the invisible choir of boys 'voices had just completed an enchanting stornello with an accompaniment of mandolines -- when a stillness, strange and unaccountable, fell upon the company -- a pause -- an ominous hush, as though some person supreme in authority had suddenly entered the room and commanded "Silence!”
“ A _stornello a fiore_ consists generally of a couplet beginning with an invocation to a flower, as:”
“To her Richard, accompanying himself upon the lute, addressed his first _stornello_:”
“The stornello, or ritournelle, never exceeds three lines, and owes its name to the return which it makes at the end of the last line to the rhyme given by the emphatic word of the first.”
“Browning, in his poem of 'Fra Lippo Lippi,' has accustomed English ears to one common species of the stornello,  which sets out with the name of a flower, and rhymes with it, as thus:”
“[This refers to the rendering of the lottery phrase terno in a translation by my wife of the stornello of Dall 'Ongaro previously mentioned.”
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