obbligati

obbligato

[ob-li-gah-toh; Italian awb-blee-gah-taw] Music.
adjective
1.
(used as a musical direction) obligatory or indispensable; so important that it cannot be omitted.
noun, plural obbligatos, obbligati [ob-li-gah-tee; Italian awb-blee-gah-tee] .
2.
an obbligato part or accompaniment.
3.
a continuing or persistent subordinate or background motif.
4.
a subordinate part of a solo.
Also, obligato.


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

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obbligato or music obligato (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ)
 
adj
1.  not to be omitted in performance
 
n , -tos, -ti
2.  an essential part in a score: with oboe obbligato
 
[C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige]
 
obligato or music obligato (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ, -tiː)
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: from Italian, from obbligare to oblige]

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obbligato
musical instruction, 1724, from It., lit. "obligated," from L. obligatus, pp. of obligare "to bind" (see oblige).
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