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obbligato

[ ob-li-gah-toh; Italian awb-blee-gah-taw ]
/ ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ; Italian ˌɔb bliˈgɑ tɔ /
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adjective
(used as a musical direction) obligatory or indispensable; so important that it cannot be omitted.
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/.
an obbligato part or accompaniment.
a continuing or persistent subordinate or background motif.
a subordinate part of a solo.
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Also obligato.

Origin of obbligato

1715–25; <Italian: bound, obliged <Latin obligātus;see obligate

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British Dictionary definitions for obbligato

obbligato

obligato

music

adjective
not to be omitted in performance
noun plural -tos or -ti (-tiː)
an essential part in a scorewith oboe obbligato
See also ad-lib

Word Origin for obbligato

C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige
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