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obligato

Definitions of obligato
  1. noun
    a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
    synonyms: obbligato
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    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  2. noun
    a persistent but subordinate motif
    synonyms: obbligato
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    type of:
    motif, motive
    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
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