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Alba

[al-buh; Spanish ahl-vah] /ˈæl bə; Spanish ˈɑl vɑ/
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Alba

/Spanish ˈalβa/
noun
1.
Duke of Alba, See Alva
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duke of alba in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for duke of alba

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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