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figured bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them indicating the chords to be played.
Origin of figured bass
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Likewise the notation of a Chorale with a figured bass should not be omitted.

  • In some cases Bach writes an organ obbligato part in addition to the continuo, or figured bass.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • This volume forms a key to "Exercises in figured bass" by the same author (see above).

  • The appendix also gives a figured bass and instrumental accompaniment to No. 2.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • From the Musical Offering; the clavier part supplied from the figured bass by Kirnberger.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • During the seventeenth century, sonatas were written for various instruments, with a figured bass for the cembalo.

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
  • He published, in 1711, a Nouvelle mthode de musique, and in the years 1735 and 1738 two volumes of gamba pieces with figured bass.

    The Violoncello and Its History Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
  • Viadana is said to have been the first to use what is called a basso continuo, and even the figured bass.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
  • Florilegium Portense, a work containing 115 cantiones selectissimas of from four to eight voices, with figured bass for organ.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Instead of the national game the class was wrestling with figured bass and the art of descant, and again it groaned aloud.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for figured bass

figured bass

a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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