obbligato obbligato

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a persistent but subordinate motif
  2. (n) a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. For four days, deals, discussions, and congratulations were drowned by the cacophonous obbligato of their competing demonstrations.
  2. Out of the Duchess of Bedford House the squatters marched in solemn ceremony, singing lustily to the obbligato of a small band headed by a Scottish bagpiper.

Quotes

  1. An alto saxophone often plays at the same time as Ariadne - "An obbligato, I suppose you'd call it," Birtwistle says.
    on Apr 10, 2008 By: Harrison Birtwistle Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "Nothing has ever surprised me so much," wrote Mozart enthusiastically to his father after seeing Georg Benda's melodrama Medea in Mannheim, towards the end of 1778. "It is not sung, but only declaimed, and the music is like an obbligato...
    on Aug 18, 2005 By: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Source: guardian.co.uk

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