a persistent but subordinate motif
a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
A part of the score that must be played as written; a required part.
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.
In classical music obbligato usually describes a musical line that is in some way indispensable in performance. Its opposite is the marking ad libitum. It can also be used, more specifically, to indicate that a passage of music was to be played exactly as written, or only by the specified instrument, without changes or omissions. The word is borrowed from Italian. The word can stand on its own, in English, as a noun, or appear as a modifier in a noun phrase.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ob-li-gä′to, adj. that cannot be done without.—n. a musical accompaniment, itself of independent importance, esp. that of a single instrument to a vocal piece.—Also Obliga′to. [It.]
The numerical value of obbligato in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of obbligato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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