Fundamental bass

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(Mus.) the root note of a chord; a bass formed of the roots or fundamental tones of the chords.

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The notes made in the discovered first violin part reveal that the instruments, with the exception of the fundamental bass accompaniment, which is applied in the entire collection, and the ritornellos, only played along with the vocal parts in song No.
Consonnance', for its part, shows how Rousseau prefers the sympathetic vibration of strings as an acoustic basis of explanation for harmony over Rameau's derivation of the musical fundamental bass from the measurement of resonance: sympathetic vibration is directly observable via the senses and not via secondary effects.
Bass lines were created, whether by composer or performer, by decorating the fundamental bass.
In this perspective, Rameau's increasingly extravagant insistence that all music's powers derive from the resonating body, as described in the theory of the fundamental bass, appears as a belated manifestation of quasi-theological accounts of the harmony of the universe found in Pythagoras or Mersenne.
Example 50 shows the occurrences of the different tetrachords above the fundamental bass line of section A (cf.
Like Javanese music theory, Rameau's formulation of the fundamental bass, for example, represents a way to regularize the multiform, to simplify and to reduce, to explain complexity, and to use analogies.
The insignificance of the concepts of root and inversion for Mathieu constitutes the crucial difference between his theory and traditional theories of harmony, because his system does not derive a chord by stacking thirds, and it is not a theory of fundamental bass.
In Lester's analysis of Mozart's teaching materials for Barbara Ployer, we sense the pathos of genius bent to the task of instructing a pupil of indifferent aptitude, and the reader is obliged to decide which is more heartrending, the teacher's earnest forbearance, the pupil's paucity of talent, or indeed, the Neue Mozart Ausgabe editor's unacknowledged addition of an accidental that transforms an inept but grammatically correct fundamental bass into theoretical nonsense.
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