Aubade

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aubade An open air concert in the morning, as distinguished from an evening serenade; also, a pianoforte composition suggestive of morning. "The crowing cock . . .
      Sang his aubade with lusty voice and clear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aubade In troubadour and similar music, a song or piece to be performed in the open air in the early morning, usually addressed to some special person; a musical announcement of dawn. See serenade.
    • n aubade In modern music, a rarely used title for a short instrumental composition in lyric style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aubade ō-bäd′ a musical announcement of dawn: a sunrise song.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. aube, the dawn, fr. L. albus, white
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. aube, dawn—L. alba, white.

Usage

In literature:

It is written in the key of the watch-songs of the German minnesingers and the aubades of Provencal troubadours.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
After all, that "Aubade Provencale" was just the melodious story of the woods in spring.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
He remembered that Alain was supposed to sing an aubade, a dawn song, in the street below to warn and rouse him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

Morning twilight in RIBERA'S Garden. During this scene the day
gradually breaks, and at the close the full light of morning
illuminates the stage. LORENZO.
AUBADE.
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

The play opens with the heroine's lover awakening her with a sweet aubade .
Philip Larkin's poem "Aubade" is one of my favorites.
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