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ob·bli·ga·to

also ob·li·ga·to (ŏb′lĭ-gä′tō)Music
adj.
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.]
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obbligato

(ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ) music or

obligato

adj
(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]
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ob•bli•ga•to

(ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ)

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

essential
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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"
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Translations

obbligato

[ˌɒblɪˈgɑːtəʊ] (Mus)
A. ADJobligado
B. N (obbligatos or obbligati (pl)) → obligado m
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Slowing down also allowed the beautiful instrumental obbligatos, which were blurred in Part I, to shine through.
In the first cantata, Il piano delle Muse in Morte di Lord Byron, composed when Rossini was staying in London at the time of Byron's death, instrumental obbligatos were just as finely observed.
This small ensemble had no trouble projecting a lucid sound in Salle Wilfrid Pelletier (with bassett horns performing the obbligatos rather than clarinets).
With violin obbligatos - performed by Amy Whitwam and Joanne Poulter - the piece was redolent of the meditative style associated with composers such as Arvo Part.