Ostinato: Definition & Examples


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In which musical period did the ostinato first become popular?

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1. What is the ostinato called when it is in the bass voice or instrument?

2. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the ostinato?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will help you assess what you know about the ostinato. You will review this musical style and the composers involved with it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Taking this quiz allows you to make sure you can correctly answer questions about:

  • The ostinato's beginnings
  • Characteristics of the ostinato
  • Composers who wrote with ostinatos

Skills Practiced

The questions on this quiz were compiled to help you improve these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the ostinato
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ostinato and bass voices or instruments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about current musical styles that use the ostinato

Additional Learning

More information about this subject can be found in the lesson accompanying this quiz, entitled Ostinato: Definition & Examples. Subjects covered by this lesson include:

  • Early beginnings of the ostinato
  • The popularity of ostinatos in different musical periods
  • How ostinatos are used by different types of modern music