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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The piano parts include figured bass indications that reflect the harmonic plethora of written passing-tone accidentals, but which are really not necessary given the simple level of the accompaniments--although perhaps could be of use if accompanying on the guitar (not suggested).
Similarly, Crawford chooses to include the figured bass from the engraved score throughout, even where chordal continuo would not have been heard at the Opera: in dance pieces, the overture, and many choruses.
The final section includes summaries of special topics like musical calligraphy, the harmonic series, nonharmonic tones, four-part writing, figured bass, harmonization, cadence and phrase structure, motives, sequences, textures, counterpoint, form, and instrumental ranges and transpositions.
Lorenzo Penna, figured bass treatise (1672) in Articulation and Phrasing: Keyboard and Lute Articulation (p.
The Quoniam has five independently scored parts plus the organist's realisation of the figured bass.
It was only after my return from Basle, where I studied harpsichord and figured bass with Jorg-Anderas Botticher and Jesper B.
Each volume contains a Foreword containing information about the composer and his works, some editorial notes on the music itself, the texts, translations (where pertinent), a full score with minimally realized figured bass, a continuo part, and a full score with figured bass line only for those keyboard players who are comfortable realizing figured bass at sight.
Also featured on that occasion were three of the nine sonatas for a single instrument and figured bass, K81 and 91, performed on the Baroque flute, a somewhat bland medium of realization, and K90, more effectively rendered on the relatively robust violin.
The Interval Angle can be generalized into a setting for figured bass, whether tonal or atonal.
The figured bass part has been standardized but no new figures added.
How many students of seventeenth-century poetry, one wonders, will be interested in over seventy pages largely concerned with variant accidentals, time signatures, bar lines, or slurs in the manuscripts of the musical settings, or will be capable of realizing the figured bass of Delaware's musical texts at sight?