figured bass

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figured bass


[From the numerals written underneath the notes.]

figured bass

(Music, other) a shorthand method of indicating a thorough-bass part in which each bass note is accompanied by figures indicating the intervals to be played in the chord above it in the realization


(kənˈtɪn yuˌoʊ)

n., pl. -tin•u•os.
a musical keyboard accompaniment in unrealized form consisting of a series of bass notes whose chordal harmonies are indicated by numerals.
Also called figured bass .
[1715–25; < Italian: literally, continuous]
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Noun1.figured bass - 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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