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Definition and background:

A short melodic, rhythmic, or harmonic pattern that is repeated throughout an entire composition or some portion of a composition. obstinate, persistent; i.e., a short musical pattern that is repeated throughout an entire composition or portion of a composition. Indicates a part that repeats the same rhythm or melodic element. the basso ostinato or ostinato bass occurs in the ground bass of baroque arias where a melody is set over a repeated bass pattern. ostinato is used by the Bavarian composer Carl Orff in his instrumental teaching methods, where it may form a basis for improvisation by pupils.

A musical rhythm or phrase that is repeated over and over again.

Italian. A short musical pattern which repeats throughout a given passage. Ostinatos are generally a part of the supporting or accompanying material in a piece of music

For more information on the music term "Ostinato" check out these other resources:

Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary

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