- a keyboard accompanying part consisting originally of a figured bass, which in modern scores is usually realized, and serving to provide or fill out the harmonic texture.
Origin of continuo
1715–25; < Italian: literally, continuous
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In some cases Bach writes an organ obbligato part in addition to the continuo, or figured bass.
The orchestra consists of two flutes, two oboi damore, two bassoons, strings and continuo.
It was probably intended for the open air (perhaps for a funeral) as it is the only cantata with no continuo part.
In all Bachs church compositions in which there is an organ obbligato part, there is another organ part for the continuo.
- a shortened form of basso continuoSee thorough bass
- (as modifier)a continuo accompaniment
- the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc
Italian, literally: continuous
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