Definitions for ostinatoˌɒs tɪˈnɑ toʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

os•ti•na•toˌɒs tɪˈnɑ toʊ(n.)(pl.)-tos.

  1. a musical pattern, as a melodic figure, repeated continuously throughout a composition.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of ostinato:

1875–80; < It: lit., obstinate < L obstinātusobstinate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ostinato(noun)

    a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition


  1. ostinato(Noun)

    A piece of melody, a chord progression, or a bass figure that is repeated over and over as a musical accompaniment.


  1. Ostinato

    In music, an ostinato is a motif or phrase, that persistently repeats in the same musical voice, usually at the same pitch. The best-known ostinato-based piece may be Ravel's Boléro. An ostinato is always a succession of equal sounds, where each note has the same weight or stress. The repeating idea may be a rhythmic pattern, part of a tune, or a complete melody in itself. Both ostinatos and ostinati are accepted English plural forms, the latter reflecting the word's Italian etymology. Strictly speaking, ostinati should have exact repetition, but in common usage, the term covers repetition with variation and development, such as the alteration of an ostinato line to fit changing harmonies or keys.

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