Alberti bass

Al·​ber·​ti bass | \ al-ˈbər-tē How to pronounce Alberti bass (audio) , äl-ˈber- \

Definition of Alberti bass

: a repeated accompaniment figure (see figure entry 1 sense 15) common in 18th-century keyboard music that usually consists of the notes of a triad played in steady eighth or sixteenth notes in the order lowest-highest-middle-highest

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First Known Use of Alberti bass

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alberti bass

after Domenico Alberti † about 1740 Italian musician

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“Alberti bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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