Thursday, December 10, 2015

Word of the day: ostinato

The word of the day is ostinato:
  1. a constantly recurring melodic fragment.
1876, from It. ostinato, lit. "obstinate, persistent."


"As so often in Welles’s work, the imagery is accented by the sound: amid the noise of writhing bodies, we hear an ostinato of crickets."

 - Alex Ross, "The Shadow: A hundred years of Orson Welles", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (

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