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n. pl. con·tin·u·os
An independent bassline, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played. Also called basso continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass.

[Italian, from Latin continuus, continuous; see continue.]
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n, pl -os
1. (Instruments) music
a. a shortened form of basso continuo. See thorough bass
b. (as modifier): a continuo accompaniment.
2. (Classical Music) the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc
[Italian, literally: continuous]
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(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.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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[kənˈtɪnjʊəʊ] Ncontinuo m
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nContinuo nt; to play the continuoContinuo spielen
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Top brass players His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts join early music specialists Rejouissance and continuo players like David Miller.
Apesar de ser grande o numero de individuos obesos e haver aumento constante da incidencia deste fator de risco para diversas comorbidades, pouco se sabe sobre as respostas fisiologicas de individuos obesos submetidos a diferentes protocolos de treinamento, continuo moderado e/ou intervalado de alta intensidade.
While in general the parts serve as the principal musical source, supplemented by the production score for the most consistent picture of cuts and revisions, Crawford finds the engraved score to be the most satisfactory principal source for continuo figures and the ornamentation of the solo vocal roles.
The cello part is written as a true continuo part: it consists of a single bass line with figured bass throughout.
Uma e que entre as acoes certas e as erradas nao parece haver--ao menos nao sempre e nem necessariamente--um continuo. P.e., se esperar pacientemente uma senhora atravessar a rua e a justa medida, entao gritar-lhe para que se apresse e excessivo e sequer dar-se conta que ha uma senhora atravessando a rua e deficiente.

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