ostinato ostinato  /ˌɑ stə ˈnɑ ˌtoʊ/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition

Usage(s):

  1. His compositions stick to conservative harmonies, relying heavily on ostinato, and reveling in lush, big-scale orchestration.
  2. This means that one string can be set to play a percussive ostinato, while its neighbor simulates a keyboard synthesizer.
  3. His music, which in the play served only as an allusive ostinato, seizes center screen with significant excerpts from four Mozart operas, several concerti and the Requiem.

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Quotes

  • (Compline is the last prayer of evening, before retiring.) By way of description, Collins says, "Most of the piece is rushing counterpoint and dramatic configurations with a melodic-rhythmic ostinato running through it."
    on Oct 8, 2008 By: Phil Collins Source: Silicon Valley's Metro

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