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Riffs, loops and ostinati - the art of repeating yourself!

Tom Service presses repeat on the ostinato, from the Italian for "stubborn" - a looping phrase in music that can hypnotise or even nag the listener .

Tom Service investigates the ostinato, a repeated phrase in music that can nag or hypnotise the listener (the word derives from the Italian for "stubborn "). From Ravel's Boléro to Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", the ostinato is everywhere in music - driving the crescendo of Rossini's William Tell overture, underpinning the primitive ritual dances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring - but is it an accompaniment or a riff? A rhythm or a tune? Tom finds it can be all those things and more....

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Sun 27 Jan 2019 17:00

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    • HYPERION.
    • CDD22052.
  • Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love

    • ATLANTIC.
    • 7567-80415.
  • DAVIS

    NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

    Performer: Gloria Gaynor.
    • POLYDOR.
    • 519-665-2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Bolero for orchestra

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG.
    • 415972-2.
  • George Gershwin

    Crazy for you - musical

    Performer: Fred Astaire.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K 44233.
  • Julius Eastman

    Stay on it

    Conductor: Petr Kotik. Performer: Julius Eastman (1940 - 1990).
    • new world records.
    • 80638 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

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    Performer: Paul Nicholson. Performer: Brandenburg Consort.
    • HYPERION.
    • CDD22052.
  • Béla Bartók

    Mikrokosmos - volume 4 Sz.107 for piano

    Performer: Deszo Ranki.
    • Teldec.
    • 9031761392.
  • KNOPFLER

    Money for Nothing

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    • VERTIGO.
    • VERH-64.
  • Deep Purple

    Smoke on the Water

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  • Led Zeppelin

    Kashmir

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  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and gigue in D major for 3 violins and continuo

    Performer: Musica Antiqua Köln.
    • 4105022.
    • archiv.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    VARIATIONS ON PACHELBEL'S CANON

    Performer: Ed Alleyne‐Johnson.
    • WINGSPAN.
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  • Michael Nyman

    The Draughtsman's contract - music for the film

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    • CHARISMA.
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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C major K.545 for piano

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    • Hyperion.
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  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata in C major H.16.35 for piano

    Performer: György Sebök.
    • FIRST HAND RECORDINGS.
    • FHR40.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Sonatina in C major Op.36`3 for piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonatina in G major K.Anh.5`1 for piano, attrib. Beethoven

    Performer: Jenő Jandó.
    • NAXOS.
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  • Philip Glass

    Glassworks for ensemble/piano

    Performer: Philip Glass Ensemble.
    • sony classical.
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  • Anton Bruckner

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    Conductor: Günter Wand. Performer: North German Radio Orchestra.
    • BMG.
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  • William Walton

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    • DG.
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  • Dmitry Shostakovich

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  • Donna Summer

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    • CASABLANCA.
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  • Maurice Ravel

    Bolero for orchestra

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    • DG.
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  • Alexandr Vasil'yevich Mosolov

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  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring

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  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony of psalms

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    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
    • SIGCD492.
  • Julius Eastman

    Stay on it

    Conductor: Petr Kotik. Performer: Julius Eastman (1940 - 1990).
    • new world records.
    • 80638 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 4 in E minor Op.98

    Conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DG.
    • 4577062.
  • Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

    • CASABLANCA.
    • 518-1442.

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