Definition of obbligato in English:
noun (plural obbligatos or obbligati /-ˈɡätē/)[usually with or as modifier]
An instrumental part, typically distinctive in effect, that is integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance.
- It is not sung, but only declaimed, and the music is like an obbligato recitative.
- The sequence of choruses, solos and duets accompanied by muted strings with, in turn, obbligato solo flute, oboe and horn, all supply inspiration and underline the work's deep spirituality.
- The skilful use of obligato, the counter melody flowing around the main melody, is an unfailing attraction of his music.
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