obbligato

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From Italian obbligato.

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obbligato (comparative more obbligato, superlative most obbligato)

  1. (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.]

Noun[edit]

obbligato (plural obbligatos or obbligati)

  1. (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.]
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 281:
      The noise of the traffic outside the building on the boulevard made an unmusical obbligato to my thinking.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin obligātus.

Adjective[edit]

obbligato m (feminine obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)

  1. obliged, compelled, constrained, forced, bound
  2. obligatory, unavoidable, forced
  3. obliged, indebted
  4. fixed, set
    percorso obbligato - fixed course
  5. (music) obbligato

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Noun[edit]

obbligato m (plural obbligati) feminine obbligata

  1. obligator, obligor

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Verb[edit]

obbligato m (feminine obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)

  1. past participle of obbligare

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