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ostinato:

see ground bassground bass,
melodic phrase used repeatedly as a bass line. In its earlier form, developed in the 13th and 14th cent., the ground or basso ostinato [Ital.,=obstinate] never varied in harmonization or pitch. The tenor, or pes, of Sumer Is Icumen In is such a ground.
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ostinato

a. a continuously reiterated musical phrase
b. (as modifier): an ostinato passage
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Throughout Dwyer's in-depth exploration of the 'transformational ostinati', the reader unavoidably keeps asking what the general validity of these discoveries for the entire oeuvre might be; Marx's more overarching and thoughtfully constructed study still reads like marginal notes on the grand theme of 'Ligeti and death'; while Bernard himself admits that, given the overwhelming amount of sketches that have recently become available in Basel, his text is at best a first attempt to somehow come to terms with this material by way of a five-fold classification: (1) jottings, (2) drawings, (3) charts, (4) tables, (5) musical notation.
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(39) Gualtieri, the quasi official chronicler of the embassy for the pope, writes that Gregory determino riceverli non gia com'essi s'erano imaaginati con una privata udienza, ma nel publico Consistoro, e cio nella Sala Regia, giudicando che quest' honore non solo era dovuto all'officio per cui venivano, ma sarebbe anco risultato in gloria maggior di questa Santa Sede, quanto un tal'atto si ficesse piu palesamente, d'onde sene spargesse per tutto la fama a confusione, et abbattimento degli ostinati heretici" (77-78.).
In Structured improvisation the aim was to encourage David to experiment with simple ostinati using varying combinations of instruments, meters and, if possible, rhythmic patterns and to stay with it while the therapist improvised an accompaniment.
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While listening to the album, I noted how well Jarrett was formulating and executing solos in the piano's middle register for his left hand while maintaining his vamps and ostinati in the treble keys with his right hand (previous generations of jazz pianists simply played solos with the right hand and bass patterns with the left).
The task was the learning of a rhyme through multiple means, including: walking the beat, clapping, actions, chanting, identifying and using ostinati. Vivienne applied this task with three high needs Grade One students all of whom had developmental speech issues.
Practise each of the ostinati with the respective groups.