Definition of Alberti bass
: a repeated accompaniment figure (see 1figure 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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Origin and Etymology of alberti bass
after Domenico Alberti † about 1740 Italian musician
First Known Use: 1845See Words from the same year
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