Definition of Ostinato

1. Noun. A musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition.

Specialized synonyms: Ground Bass, Riff
Generic synonyms: Musical Phrase, Phrase



Definition of Ostinato

1. Noun. (music) A piece of melody, a chord progression, or a bass figure that is repeated over and over as a musical accompaniment. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ostinato

1. a constantly recurring musical phrase [n -NATOS or -NATI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ostinato

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ostiaries
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ostiate
ostinati
ostinato (current term)
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ostiomeatal unit
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Literary usage of Ostinato

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Explanation of the by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"In some of the above examples the term "basso ostinato" might apply quite as well as ... When the basso ostinato is used as constructive basis, it leads, ..."

2. The Larger Forms of Musical Composition by Percy Goetschius (1915)
"In some of the above examples the term "basso ostinato" might apply quite as well as ... When the basso ostinato is used as constructive basis, it leads, ..."

3. Storia Della Guerre Civili Di Francia by Enrico Caterino Davila (1801)
"Questo pensiero erasi desto in luì dalla considerazione che il re ostinato a non volere convertirsi, ..."

4. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"In the compositions of the Gallo-Belgic school (see Mrsic, SCHOOLS OF COMPOSITION) the ostinato plays a very important part, as entire masses were written ..."

5. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, George Grove (1880)
"Basso ostinato ' is the Italian term for a ground bass, which recurs obstinately ... I shall seem to you,' says ' Mendelssohn, ' like a Basso ostinato, ..."

6. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1907)
"Basso ostinato ' is the Italian term for a ground bass, which recurs obstinately ... I shall seem to you,' says Mendelssohn,1 'like a Basso ostinato, ..."

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