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thorough bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
Origin of thorough bass
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The thorough bass of the dear master has simplified all that.

  • "Well, she's not a duffer at thorough bass anyway," Rosa put in.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • "Good specimens of 'thorough bass,'" she interpolated, laughing.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • I could make nothing out of him, except that he ran a thorough bass to the higher pitches of his companions' humours.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The first explosion over, the squall, still pursuing the hooker, began to roar in thorough bass.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • There are many little rules to be learnt for giving harmony and melody to our life, but the thorough bass must be—love.

    Thoughts on Life and Religion Friedrich Max Mller
  • Yes, yes, then they are amazed and put their heads together because they never found it in any book on thorough bass.

    Beethoven: the Man and the Artist Ludwig van Beethoven
  • The expression occurs in his treatise on thorough bass, printed by Spitta, ii.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
  • The use of these and other similar figures and signs is called figured bass (or thorough bass) notation.

British Dictionary definitions for thorough bass

thorough bass

  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, etc See also figured bass
  2. (as modifier): a thorough-bass part
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