thorough bass

thorough bass

noun Music.

  1. figured bass.
  2. continuo.


    1. Also called: basso continuo, continuo(esp during the baroque period) a bass part underlying a piece of concerted music. It is played on a keyboard instrument, usually supported by a cello, viola da gamba, etcSee also figured bass
    2. (as modifier)a thorough-bass part

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