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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica

Obbligato

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Or Obligato, in the modern sense, a musical. term (adopted from the Italian, and strictly meaning obligatory or binding) for an instrumental accompaniment to a musical composition which, while in one way independent, is included by the composer on purpose and in a prescribed form, instead of. being left to the discretion (ad libitum ) of a performer.


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Obbligato'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/o/obbligato.html. 1910.

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