ostinato :

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o stuh notoh

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

  • His compositions stick to conservative harmonies, relying heavily on ostinato, and reveling in lush, big-scale orchestration.
  • This means that one string can be set to play a percussive ostinato, while its neighbor simulates a keyboard synthesizer.
  • The other singers, obscured by grotesque masks and headdresses, declaimed the drama in incantatory drones, while the orchestra rolled along in seemingly endless ostinato figures .

  • Phil Collins in Silicon Valley's Metro
    (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."

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