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ground bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
a short fundamental bass part continually repeated throughout a movement.
Origin of ground bass
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And this voice was accompanied by a deep and monotonous murmur, and by the ground bass of the daraboukkeh.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • In this cantata the ground bass of the Crucifixus of the B minor Mass is used.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • By a ground bass is meant a theme, continually repeated, in the lowest voice, each time with varied upper parts.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • It is generally accompanied by doubles or variations, and is invariably written on a ground bass or basso ostinato.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
British Dictionary definitions for ground bass

ground bass

(music) a short melodic bass line that is repeated over and over again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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