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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obbligato

(Italian: "obligatory"), in music, essential but subordinate instrumental part. For example, in an 18th-century aria with trumpet obbligato, the trumpet part, although serving as accompaniment to the voice, may be as brilliant in its writing as that of the voice itself. The term obbligato accompaniment has a more specialized meaning in some 18th-century music (see accompaniment)

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Perhaps it is adequate, but its strikes a layman's ear as a faint obbligato to his portrayal of the athletic and amorous brigand.
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