Origin of thorough bass
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for thorough bass
His regular teacher, in those days, was Stadtpfeifer Schmidt, who instructed him in piano and thorough-bass.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
The author says, The ultimate end and aim of thorough-bass should only be the glory of God and recreation of the mind.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
Murer seems to know nothing of Neefe when he says that van den Eeden was Beethovens only teacher in thorough-bass.
So far as his duties permitted, Herr Neefe has also given him instruction in thorough-bass.
Murer, after speaking of Pfeiffer, continues as follows: Van den Eeden remained his only teacher in thorough-bass.
- 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
- (as modifier)a thorough-bass part
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