[os-ti-nah-toh; Italian aws-tee-nah-taw]
noun, plural os·ti·na·tos. Music.
a constantly recurring melodic fragment.
Origin of ostinato
1875–80; < Italian: literally, obstinate < Latin obstinātus obstinate
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In my opinion, your Basso ostinato should be written in 3/4 or 6/4 time, but not in 5/4.
You have made just such a mistake in your otherwise beautiful Basso ostinato.
- a continuously reiterated musical phrase
- (as modifier)an ostinato passage
Word Origin for ostinato
Italian: from Latin obstinātus obstinate
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1876, from Italian ostinato, literally "obstinate, persistent."
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