Ostinato meaning

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The definition of an ostinato is a short melody or rhythm that is repeated by the same voice or instrument during a musical composition.

A chorus repeated five times over the course of a song is an example of an ostinato.

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(music) A short melodic phrase persistently repeated by the same voice or instrument and at the same pitch.
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(music) A piece of melody, a chord progression, or a bass figure that is repeated over and over as a musical accompaniment.
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A short melody or pattern that is constantly repeated, usually in the same part at the same pitch.
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Origin of ostinato

  • Italian from Latin obstinātus stubborn past participle of obstināre to persist obstinate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian ostinato (“stubborn").

    From Wiktionary