American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Variant of obbligato.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See obbligato.
- n. alternative spelling of obbligato.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See obbligato.
- n. a persistent but subordinate motif
- n. a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
“These songs need, indeed, no piano accompaniment or violin obligato.”
“It's not a coincidence that most of my Deserted Island operas are ones where the voice is just another instrument in the orchestral texture or as Salome was described: a tone poem with voice obligato.”
“Ms. Wilson's current ensemble is further graced by the often astounding playing as on "St. James Infirmary Blues" of Swiss harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret , whose tone suggests the love child of an accordion and a conch shell, and whose playing here fills the role of both a horn obligato and a backup vocalist.”
“This assumption that of all the hues of God whiteness alone is inherently and obviously better than brownness or tan leads to curious acts; even the sweeter souls of the dominant world as they discourse with me on weather, weal, and woe are continually playing above their actual words an obligato of tune and tone, saying:”
“MR: Who was the obligato vocalist during the verse who, by the way, came up with an annoyingly beautiful part that you expect to resolve on a note on which it never does?”
“Cue the primal drums, distant tribal calls, a dramatic orchestral entrance followed by a female obligato, then introduce those swelling multi-keyed minor chord progressions with military snares.”
“Above the four-part harmony, Vera's voice floated light and clean following the high obligato line, a stunning feature that John must have written to display her exceptional voice.”
“His mission is to flay alive the humbugs and hypocrites and the pedants and to chant robust folk-songs to the naked stars of the English world to a rousing obligato of clinking flagons.”
“Taizé music is beautiful but simple, and working obligato parts into the music as the congregation sings adds a wonderful dimension to the worship.”
“Gastronomy classifies all of these substances according to their qualities, and indicates those which will mingle, and measuring the quantity of nourishment they contain, distinguishes those which should make the basis of our repast, from those which are only accessories, and others which, though not necessary, are an agreeable relief, and become the obligato accompaniment of convivial gossip.”
The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.
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Words culled from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Bits from the predictably odd and chaotic Spike Milligan book of this title. He writes in diary-style about his service in the British Army's World War II campaign in Italy.
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