from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short melody or pattern that is constantly repeated, usually in the same part at the same pitch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of melody, a chord progression, or a bass figure that is repeated over and over as a musical accompaniment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
Herrmann also introduced audiences to his affection for ostinato—short, repeated phrases of a few notes—a device he would use repeatedly throughout his career.
But if Hamasyan likes embroidering gentle folk melodies and combining them with a little liltingly tranquil singing too, his power at a keyboard always throbs below the surface in rolling, ostinato patterns, chord-clamouring climaxes and whirling folk dances.
"Implacable," the first of several Klein compositions on the album, starts with an ostinato on Rhodes piano by Mr. Klein.
Park's "Chronos" features an ostinato bass line that allows Redman to explore vestiges of Middle Eastern music on the melody.
Saxophonist Michael Blake stated the melody line, with guitarists Cardenas, Seabrook and bassist Allison keeping the ostinato background flowing.
Meldau in turn is inspired to create his own syncopated and funky left hand ostinato, while his right hand starts to play an almost otherworldly synthesized sound that is loaded with echo and reminds me of Lonnie Liston Smith's dablings from back in the '70s.
Giving an immediate impression of grace and elegance, it soon shows itself as seething with invention, full of tugging chromaticisms and deviant harmonies held firm by ostinato bass lines or other repeated structures.
I'll forgive and forget� CHRISTGAU: Musically, it's the same strategy: hooky ostinato riff embellished with a few subtle effects, leading to a soft vocal.
I loved the often-gorgeous orchestration, and thought that the accompaniment of dialog exceptionally good, where some composers of new operas fall into ostinato-itis and just run a riff in the orchestra.
There's this chaconne-like cantata BuxWV 92 "Quemadmodum desiderat cervus" -- the Psalm "As the hart desireth the waterbrook" auf Lateinsich -- that has a two-bar basso ostinato that's repeated 64 times.
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