Singing with instruments with a romantic purpose, played on the outside and in the morning.
Aubade has its roots in the poems sung by the “troubadours” in Provence (France) during the Middle Age.
Later, on the 17th century, the word is used to qualify a less romantic music style produced by brass bands which use trumpets and drums. It is still played in the morning, but for a military or civil personality instead of a fiancée !
During the romantic period, the style comes back to its roots while inserting in art music.
Examples of composers
Wagner, Lalo, Bizet, Poulenc
You can hear and see a music piece written by Poulenc at page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDiAjCpx5Zk
Here is a painting which represents aubade in its romantic version (author : Jules Fontanez)
Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)