ottava bassa

[It., octave below]

An Italian term meaning at the octave (below). Abbreviated as 8va bassa, 8a b. or more commonly today, 8vb. When written below a passage it indicates the passage be performed one octave lower than written.

See also [Eng.] at the octave; [Fr.] à l'octave; [Ger.] in der Oktave; [It.] all' ottava; [It.] ottava; [It.] ottava bassa; [Abbr.] 8. [Abbr.] 8va; [Abbr.] 8a alta; [Abbr.] 8vb; [Abbr.] 8va bassa [Abbr.] 8a b.

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