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obbligato (ŏbləgä´tō) [Ital.,=obligatory], in music, originally a term by which a composer indicated that a certain part was indispensable to the music. Obbligato was thus the direct opposite to ad libitum [Lat.,=at will], which indicated that the part so marked was unessential and might be omitted. Misunderstanding of the term obbligato, however, resulted in a reversal of its meaning; when a violin part, for example, is added to a song it is called a violin obbligato, whereas it may be a superfluous ornament for which ad libitum would be a more precise direction.

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obbligato

obbligato (It.; Fr. obligé; Ger. obligat). Indispensable. Adjective attached to the name of an instr., e.g. ‘vc. obbligato’, where the instr.'s part is obligatory, and special or unusual in effect. To use the term in the opposite sense of optional or ad libitum is wrong, as is the frequently-encountered spelling obligato (favoured by Britten).

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obbligato

ob·bli·ga·to / ˌäbləˈgätō/ (also ob·li·ga·to) • n. (pl. -ga·tos or -ga·ti / -ˈgätē/ ) an instrumental part, typically distinctive in effect, that is integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance.

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obbligato

obbligato (mus.) a part essential to the effect of a composition. XVIII. — It., sb. use of pp. of obbligare OBLIGE.

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obbligato

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