thorough bass

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or thor·ough bass  (thûr′ō-bās′, thûr′ə-, thŭr′-)

[thorough, through and through + bass.]

thorough bass

(Classical Music) Also called: basso continuo or continuo (esp during the baroque period) a bass part underlying a piece of concerted music. It is played on a keyboard instrument, usually supported by a cello, viola da gamba, etc. See also figured bass
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Noun1.thorough 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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He immediately took the only method of silencing this thorough bass, whose music he feared might disturb Mr Allworthy; and then sitting down by the nurse, he remained motionless till Blifil and the doctor came in together and waked the sick man, in order that the doctor might feel his pulse, and that the other might communicate to him that piece of news, which, had Jones been apprized of it, would have had great difficulty of finding its way to Mr Allworthy's ear at such a season.
He states in the forward to his book that "musicians must be able to improvise fantasies in every style with rules of harmony and melody, play in all keys, transpose instantly, sight read, master thorough bass, reinforce overall harmony.
The second print appeared between 1731 and 1732 and bore Walsh's own imprint under the title Solos for a German Flute a Hoboy or Violin with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsicord [sic] or Bass Violin Compos'd by Mr.