Compositional techniques

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OSTINATO

Usually in the bass voice, the ostinato is a pattern of notes that are repeated over and over. Stravinsky used this technique to great effect layering ostinato on top of ostinato - listen to the Rite of Spring. It is a popular technique of contemporary jazz writers but care must be taken not to overuse it.


Oleo

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Chromazone

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