- (used as a musical direction) obligatory or indispensable; so important that it cannot be omitted.
- an obbligato part or accompaniment.
- a continuing or persistent subordinate or background motif.
- a subordinate part of a solo.
Origin of obbligato
Examples from the Web for obbligato
This is the animal page of the Sunday Star and Cadge is in a hurry for it, to do the obbligato.The Bacillus of Beauty
The prelude in E forms the obbligato organ part of the opening chorus of the cantata Wir danken dir.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
The earlier obbligato accompaniment gave way to an obbligato style of writing which rested to a greater extent on counterpoint.
The accompanying (obbligato) instrument is not mentioned, but the work may well have been one of these Sonatas.
Obbligato (sometimes incorrectly spelled obligato)—an accessory melody accompanying harmonized music, (usually vocal music).Music Notation and Terminology
Karl W. Gehrkens
- not to be omitted in performance
- an essential part in a scorewith oboe obbligato
Word Origin and History for obbligato
musical instruction, 1724, from Italian obbligato, literally "obligated," from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare "to bind" (see oblige). In reference to a necessary accompaniment by a single instrument.