The music served as obbligato for the mighty diapason of men's voices; the thousands talked as they waited.
The earlier obbligato accompaniment gave way to an obbligato style of writing which rested to a greater extent on counterpoint.
obbligato (sometimes incorrectly spelled obligato)—an accessory melody accompanying harmonized music, (usually vocal music).
The accompanying (obbligato) instrument is not mentioned, but the work may well have been one of these Sonatas.
You know that the performers do not sing, but declaim, and the music is like an obbligato recitative.
Young is a master at improvising second parts, double stopping, and obbligato accompaniments.
A very different impression is made by the bass air with obbligato double-bass, composed by Mozart for two professional friends.
It is in A major, and begins with variations on a simple theme, in which each instrument in succession comes in obbligato.
Sarcastic Tuscan humor keeps up an obbligato accompaniment throughout the poem.
This is the animal page of the Sunday Star and Cadge is in a hurry for it, to do the 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.