Alberti bass

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noun Al·ber·ti bass \al-ˈbər-tē, äl-ˈber-\

Definition of Alberti bass

  1. :  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: 1845


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