NOUN
  1. a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
  2. a persistent but subordinate motif
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How To Use obbligato In A Sentence

  • It is more baroque than the first in that for obbligato piano it substitutes real interchange between ripieno strings and concertino quartet.
  • The cor anglais and violin obbligato in the duet for male alto and tenor, Wie selig, with its thirds and lyrical highlights was particularly effective.
  • 'A gentle obbligato to the life and death struggle in Lewis's study? Twin Moons
  • They were customarily for solo voice with continuo, but pieces for up to five voices were also composed and obbligato parts sometimes included.
  • If you want to sample his singing, try "Ich habe genug" on his Bach cantatas CD, with its quietly anguished oboe obbligato. CBSO, Stephen Hough/Nelsons; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Nott – review
  • The clarinet was a big deal much earlier in New Orleans Jazz, where it played a mostly obbligato role (see also the page on heterophony). Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]
  • Recitative comes in two main forms, semplice or secco, which comprises most of the dialogue, and accompagnato or obbligato, which is reserved for passages requiring particular dramatic emphasis, though fully spoken parts (parlante), were not uncommon, particularly in Mozart. 'An assiduous frequenter of the Italian opera': Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound and the opera buffa
  • Recitative comes in two main forms, semplice or secco, which comprises most of the dialogue, and accompagnato or obbligato, which is reserved for passages requiring particular dramatic emphasis, though fully spoken parts (parlante), were not uncommon, particularly in Mozart. 'An assiduous frequenter of the Italian opera': Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound and the opera buffa
  • Her voice joined in; softly working it's way through the obbligato, increasing in volume gradually.
  • And since it's rare that a celebrity performer takes on any of these challenges, I'd like to applaud violinist Hilary Hahn for her latest recording in which she joins forces with two of the world's most artistic singers in a dozen Bach arias with violin obbligato. Hilary Hahn: Violin And Voices Entwined In Bach
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