[ US /ˌɑstəˈnɑˌtoʊ/ ]
  1. a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition
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  • The ostinato rhythms and other exotic complications produce music that seems to come from the Far East.
  • Usually a drummer plays these rhythmic ostinatos throughout a section or a whole piece, and then repeats them using improvisatory variations.
  • The accompaniment is an ostinato that sticks to the memory like a burr and becomes hypnotic.
  • The initial ‘Meditation’ is very troubled, with hectic glissandos and fitful ostinatos.
  • Never one to resort to simple open chord strums, Matthews spryly plucked circular ostinatos and buoyant chordal riffs to power the band's string of memorable hits. Tuesday Tune: 'Satellite' by The Dave Matthews Band
  • But if Hamasyan likes embroidering gentle folk melodies and combining them with a little liltingly tranquil singing too, his power at a keyboard always throbs below the surface in rolling, ostinato patterns, chord-clamouring climaxes and whirling folk dances. This week's new live music
  • Its bitonal ostinato and airy, whimsical melodies floating above create a convincing aural equivalent of a mirage.
  • In modern music we have small ostinato figurations, note-groups or rhythms, which form the background to musical sections.
  • Implacable," the first of several Klein compositions on the album, starts with an ostinato on Rhodes piano by Mr. Klein. Ralph A. Miriello: Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein Join Forces to Create the Compelling Beinestan
  • ‘Distant Drums’ is marked by a staccato, open-fifth ostinato pattern in the left hand, over which the chromatic-based melody reigns in the right hand.
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