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n. pl. os·ti·na·tos
A short melody or pattern that is constantly repeated, usually in the same part at the same pitch.
[Italian, from Latin obstinātus, stubborn, past participle of obstināre, to persist; see obstinate.]
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a. a continuously reiterated musical phrase
b. (as modifier): an ostinato passage.
[Italian: from Latin obstinātus obstinate]
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os•ti•na•to(ˌɒs tɪˈnɑ toʊ)
n., pl. -tos.
a musical pattern, as a melodic figure, repeated continuously throughout a composition.
[1875–80; < Italian: literally, obstinate < Latin obstinātus obstinate]
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|Noun||1.||ostinato - a musical phrase repeated over and over during a composition|
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