from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of obbligato.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of obbligato.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See obbligato.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See obbligato.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a persistent but subordinate motif
  • n. a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission


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  • Also spelled obbligato.

    April 20, 2009

  • "'I'll play the melody and when I point to you, Milligan, play the descending obligato.'

    'What key?' asked Fildes, across the fiery divide.

    'I play it in G major.'

    'G? Major? I knew it when it was only a captain, sir.'

    Over his head it went and plop against the cave wall."

    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 19, 2009