basso continuo


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basso continuo

n.

[Italian, continuous bass.]

basso continuo

n
(Classical Music) another term for thorough bass Often shortened to: continuo
[Italian, literally: continuous bass]
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Noun1.basso continuo - a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
bass part, bass - the lowest part in polyphonic music
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The ensemble will perform three of the motets with one singer per part, accompanied by basso continuo.
Basso continuo remains unrealized, and the editors add minimal figuring beyond the original.
When and under what circumstances the Concerto in G major for oboe, strings and basso continuo came into being is not known, yet in all likelihood it was written for Morzin's orchestra.
While an admonitory tone formed the basso continuo of this discourse, the literature on celestial wonders underwent subtle changes in the decades between the Interim (1548-52) and the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War (1618).
MEite's strong leadership through exemplary basso continuo mastery was evident throughout the fine program.
Time (past and present) serves as a kind of basso continuo, the invisible music that grounds the story.
Bach's Gamba Sonata in G minor is in fact an arrangement of the Trio Sonata for two flutes and basso continuo in G major that Bach composed around the same time and bears witness to what is perhaps Bach's most important contribution to the development of eighteenth century chamber music: the elevation of the harpsichord from subordinate to equal (sometimes superior), fully written-out musical partner in the duo sonata style.
Johann David Heinichen's Grundliche Anweisung (1711); comprehensive instruction on basso continuo with historical biographies.
Part III, dedicated to performance practice, gives an overview of understanding ornamentation and chapters such as Basso Continuo, Meter and Tempo, Tuning and Temperament, and Pitch and Transposition.
The performance was also lacking in rhythmic coordination on occasion between the flute solo and basso continuo at the allegro section.
Another controversial area to which Brewer contributes relates to the use of basso continuo instruments.