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obbligato

[ ob-li-gah-toh; Italian awb-blee-gah-taw ]
/ 藢蓲b l瑟藞g蓱 to蕣; Italian 藢蓴b bli藞g蓱 t蓴 /
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adjective
(used as a musical direction) obligatory or indispensable; so important that it cannot be omitted.
noun, plural ob路bli路ga路tos, ob路bli路ga路ti [ob-li-gah-tee; Italian awb-blee-gah-tee]. /藢蓲b l瑟藞g蓱 ti; Italian 藢蓴b bli藞g蓱 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鈥25; <Italian: bound, obliged <Latin oblig膩tus;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 (-ti藧)
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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