I never liked my music theory stuff. It wasn’t the concepts themselves: I found the concepts fascinating in themselves. But how it’s usually taught is dry and lifeless and I grew to hate it as a kid. Nowadays, a quick search though and you’ll find SOMEBODY who shows you the thing you want to know in a way that is compatible for you. Ostinatos are “background” – made up of musical figures. A musical figure is similar to a motif, but a motif is in the foreground whereas figures are background. Foreground: motif Background: figure Both short though. Ostinatos can repeat endlessly, making up a whole song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK2IOfGTRIs

I never liked my music theory stuff. It wasn’t the concepts themselves: I found the concepts fascinating in themselves.
 
But how it’s usually taught is dry and lifeless and I grew to hate it as a kid.
 
Nowadays, a quick search though and you’ll find SOMEBODY who shows you the thing you want to know in a way that is compatible for you.
 
Ostinatos are “background” – made up of musical figures.
 
A musical figure is similar to a motif, but a motif is in the foreground whereas figures are background.
 
Foreground: motif
Background: figure
 
Both short though.
 
Ostinatos can repeat endlessly, making up a whole song.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK2IOfGTRIs
 
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