noun, plural os·ti·na·tos.Music.
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Example sentences from the Web for ostinato
In my opinion, your Basso ostinato should be written in 3/4 or 6/4 time, but not in 5/4.
It is generally accompanied by doubles or variations, and is invariably written on a ground bass or basso ostinato.Critical & Historical Essays|Edward MacDowell
A constantly repeated bass is called a "basso ostinato," and this is the first example of it.How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
You have made just such a mistake in your otherwise beautiful Basso ostinato.
British Dictionary definitions for ostinato
- a continuously reiterated musical phrase
- (as modifier)an ostinato passage