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obbligato

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obbligato

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  1. (music) A part of the score that must be played as written; a required part.
  2. (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.
    John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever includes a famous piccolo obbligato.

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Adjective

obbligato m (f obbligata, m plural obbligati, f 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

obbligato m. (plural obbligati) feminine obbligata

  1. obligator, obligor

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Verb

obbligato m (f obbligata, m plural obbligati, f plural obbligate)

  1. past participle of obbligare

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