not to be left out; indispensable: said earlier, generally prior to the 19th cent., of an accompaniment essential to the proper performance of a piece, but now usually of one that can be omitted if necessary: often used as a musical direction
Origin of obbligatoIt, literally , obliged ; from Classical Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare: see oblige
pl. -·tos or -·ti
- an obbligato accompaniment
- an added melody, usually played by a solo instrument as accompaniment to a vocal performance
also ob·li·ga·to Music
Not to be left out; indispensable. Used of an accompaniment that is an integral part of a piece.
nounpl. ob·bli·ga·tos or ob·bli·ga·ti also ob·li·ga·tos or ob·li·ga·ti
An obbligato accompaniment.
Origin of obbligatoItalian, past participle of obbligare, to obligate, from Latin obligare, to oblige; see oblige.
(comparative more obbligato, superlative most obbligato)
(plural obbligatos or obbligati)
- (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.]
From Italian obbligato.