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Aube

[ohb] /oʊb/
noun
1.
a river in N France, flowing NW to the Seine. 125 miles (200 km) long.
2.
a department in NE France. 2327 sq. mi. (6025 sq. km).
Capital: Troyes.
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Aube

/French ob/
noun
1.
a department of N central France, in Champagne-Ardenne region. Capital: Troyes. Pop: 293 925 (2003 est). Area: 6026 sq km (2350 sq miles)
2.
a river in N central France, flowing northwest to the Seine. Length: about 225 km (140 miles)
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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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