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also ob·li·ga·to (ŏb′lĭ-gä′tō)Music
Not to be left out; indispensable. Used of an accompaniment that is an integral part of a piece.
n. pl. ob·bli·ga·tos or ob·bli·ga·ti (-tē) also ob·li·ga·tos or ob·li·ga·ti
An obbligato accompaniment.

[Italian, past participle of obbligare, to obligate, from Latin obligāre, to oblige; see oblige.]


(ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ) music or


(Classical Music) not to be omitted in performance
n, pl -tos or -ti (-tiː)
(Classical Music) an essential part in a score: with oboe obbligato.
[C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige]


(ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ)

adj., n., pl. -tos, -ti (-ti) adj.
1. (used as a musical direction) obligatory; not to be omitted.
2. a musical line performed by a single instrument in accompaniment to a solo part.
3. a continuing background motif.
[1715–25; < Italian: obliged]


ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obbligato - a persistent but subordinate motif
motif, motive - a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
2.obbligato - a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
section, subdivision - a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"


[ˌɒblɪˈgɑːtəʊ] (Mus)
A. ADJobligado
B. N (obbligatos or obbligati (pl)) → obligado m
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Teh concert included a string trio covering the obbligato accompaniment parts and the result -- owing to the fortepiano's relatively limited ability to project -- was that the piece sounded more like a piano quartet with a very active keyboard part than a concerto.
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