alba

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Alba

[al-buh; Spanish ahl-vah]

Alba.

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Alba (Spanish ˈalβa)
 
n
Duke of Alba See Alva

Alva or Alba (ˈælvə, Spanish ˈalβa, ˈælvə, Spanish ˈalβa)
 
n
Duke of, title of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo. 1508--82, Spanish general and statesman who suppressed the Protestant revolt in the Netherlands (1567--72) and conquered Portugal (1580)
 
Alba or Alba
 
n

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alba al·ba (āl'bə)
n.
See white matter.

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Alba.
Alberta
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alba

in the music of the troubadours, the 11th- and 12th-century poet-musicians of southern France, a song of lament for lovers parting at dawn or of a watchman's warning to lovers at dawn. A song of the latter type sometimes takes the form of a dialogue between a watchman and a lover. Some sources consider the alba an early form of an aubade, though unlike the alba an aubade is usually a celebration of the dawn. Examples of albas for which music also survives include Reis glorios by Giraut de Bornelh (c. 1140-c. 1200) and the anonymous Gaite de la tor. The minnesingers, the German counterparts of the troubadours, also used the form, calling it Tagelied ("day song").

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