noun, plural ob·bli·ga·tos, ob·bli·ga·ti [ob-li-gah-tee; Italian awb-blee-gah-tee] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ ti; Italian ˌɔb bliˈgɑ ti/.
Origin of obbligato
Examples from the Web for obbligato
He commissioned Mozart to write a trio with obbligato flute, which the latter promised to do.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
Sarcastic Tuscan humor keeps up an obbligato accompaniment throughout the poem.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
The music served as obbligato for the mighty diapason of men's voices; the thousands talked as they waited.The Landloper|Holman Day
The accompanying (obbligato) instrument is not mentioned, but the work may well have been one of these Sonatas.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
Twenty-five Scotch Melodies for one or two voices and chorus (obbligato), violin, viola, and 'cello.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)|Elliott Graeme
British Dictionary definitions for obbligato
noun plural -tos or -ti (-tiː)
Word Origin for 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.