Recent Examples of ostinato from the Web
Rempis has put together a terrific band to play Song for Biko, including trumpeter Russ Johnson, drummer Avreeayl Ra, and bassist Joshua Abrams, who definitely has an affinity for Dyani's masterfully soulful ostinato playing.
Though Oh opened this reflection on the art of mime Marcel Marceau with a simple ostinato on stand-up bass, the plot thickened as each instrument joined the music-making.
Today — some three decades onward — the same basso ostinato is becoming strongly audible for the third time.
Perlman and De Silva struck a similar balance in their interpretation, reveling in the ostinatos and spare, almost Hindemithian harmonies without overstating them or concealing the work’s classical bones.
The piece is dominated by the florid, fancy piano part: Whole stretches seem like a virtuosic piano concerto, with the violin supplying the equivalent of solo lines or ostinato figures in the orchestra.
There are stretches in the first movement in which frenetic marimba volleys skirt atop jittery string ostinatos that break into cresting harmonic waves.
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Origin and Etymology of ostinato
Italian, obstinate, from Latin obstinatus
First Known Use: 1928See Words from the same year
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