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
noun plural -tos or -ti (-tiː)
Word Origin 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.