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ob·bli·ga·toalso 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.]
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obbligato(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]
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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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|Noun||1.||obbligato - a persistent but subordinate motif|
|2.||obbligato - a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission|
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