Definition of Obbligato

1. Noun. A persistent but subordinate motif.

Exact synonyms: Obligato
Generic synonyms: Motif, Motive



2. Noun. A part of the score that must be performed without change or omission.
Exact synonyms: Obligato
Generic synonyms: Section, Subdivision

Definition of Obbligato

1. Noun. (music) A part of the score that must be played as written; a required part. ¹

2. Noun. (music) An elaborate or flowery countermelody, often written to be played or sung above the principal theme (in a higher pitch range). Frequently includes a repetitive motif. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obbligato

1. [n -TOS or -TI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obbligato

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obbligati
obbligato (current term)
obbligatos
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obconic
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obdiplostemony
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Literary usage of Obbligato

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"There are delightful contrapuntal devices in the scoring, all the wind instruments have obbligato passages, one air a vigorous fagotto obbligato throughout. ..."

2. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"A familiar use of free counterpoint is in an obbligato to a song. Some of the finest counterpoint, however, is so smoothly written and of such complexity ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1907)
"Warlike airs with trumpet obbligato, hunting-songs with horn accompaniment, echo-songs—such aa ' Dite che fa/ in ' Tolomeo '—airs with obbligato flute ..."

4. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1912)
"... of Modern Music—The obbligato—Bad Effect of Too Much Complexity—Species ot Counterpoint—Modern Examples of Counterpoint—Old Church Composers—English ..."

5. Mistakes and Disputed Points in Music and Music Teaching by Louis Charles Elson (1910)
"obbligato This word is very frequently misprinted " Obligate." CONDUCTORS AS PERFORMERS It is a mistake to suppose that a great conductor must himself be a ..."

6. Viaggi Di Pietro Della Valle, Il Pellegrino: Descritti Da Lui Medesimo in by Pietro Della Valle (1843)
"... eccetto lu ootte che era obbligato a sua moglie , che secondo l'uso loro l'aveva. Mi menò più volte per la città mostrandomi tutte le cose che vi erano, ..."

7. Jenny Lind: A Record and Analysis of the "method" of the Late Madame Jenny by William Smyth Rockstro, Otto Goldschmidt (1894)
"RE PASTORE-' composed in 177o (wards by Meta<-tat;o> N9 10. Aria (with Violin obbligato. ... obbligato ..."

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