Associations to the word «Obbligato»


OBBLIGATO, adjective. (music) Designating part of a musical piece which is subordinate to the main melody but still essential; designating a crucial instrumental part. [from 18th c.]
OBBLIGATO, noun. (music) An obbligato section; a prominent countermelody, often written to be played or sung above the principal theme (in a higher pitch range). [from 19th c.]

Dictionary definition

OBBLIGATO, noun. A persistent but subordinate motif.
OBBLIGATO, noun. A part of the score that must be performed without change or omission.

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