obbligato


1ob·bli·ga·to

adjective \ˌä-blə-ˈgä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of OBBLIGATO

:  not to be omitted :  obligatory —used as a direction in music — compare ad libitum

Origin of OBBLIGATO

Italian, obligatory, from past participle of obbligare to oblige, from Latin obligare — more at oblige
First Known Use: 1794

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2obbligato

noun
plural obbligatos also obbligati \-ˈgä-tē\

Definition of OBBLIGATO

1
:  an elaborate especially melodic part accompanying a solo or principal melody and usually played by a single instrument <a song with violin obbligato>
2
:  accompaniment 2b; especially :  an attendant background sound

Examples of OBBLIGATO

  1. <with the babble of the brook as an obbligato, we enjoyed our picnic>

First Known Use of OBBLIGATO

1839

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with OBBLIGATO

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