ostinato


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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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The quarter notes form a two-measure ostinato that accompanies the initial verse (Example 7).
The application of motor "mechanical" rhythm, as well as "mechanically" progressing ostinato figures, then serves to enhance this effect.
The tambourines will play Ostinato 1 and the drums will play Ostinato 2.
El climax del movimiento por la tension interna de la musica, el ostinato de los Timp.
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Dramatizar una Cumbiamba: el docente puede interpretar al piano, los alumnos/as cantan y acompanan ritmicamente con instrumentos de percusion corporal tomando como referencia los ostinatos ritmicos improvisados previamente durante las audiciones.
With Ostinato Vamps, Wanda Coleman once again compels audiences to mine the depths "under the dark gnarled word" with her first published volume since the demise of Black Sparrow Press.
That Ostinato is a poem of great, condensed emotional power, there is no doubt whatsoever, and the present collection of unpublished fragments--beautifully presented by Jean-Paul Michel's William Blake & Co.
Although many rhythms contribute to the total Afro-Cuban repertoire, this article describes only three: (1) clave, (2) bembe ostinato, and (3) tumbao.
Among the highlights: Alexander Shalov's "Valenki," a folk song with verve; Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"; Rameau's "Minuet," "Tambourin," and "Gavotte-Rondeau," my favorites; another from Shalov, "The White Acacia's Fragrant Flakes"; Stravinsky's "Prelude and Tango"; Frolov's "Blues"; and Vlasov's "Basso ostinato.
Her discussion can be compared with the late Derrick Puffett's study Debussy's Ostinato Machine (Nottingham, 1996).
The strong emphasis on melodic invention in these works, together with the sparsity of multiple stopping and extensive use of ostinato techniques, makes them very much akin to Schmelzer's Sonatae unaruni fidium.