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thorough bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
2.
Origin of thorough bass
1655-1665
1655-65
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  • The thorough bass of the dear master has simplified all that.

  • I could make nothing out of him, except that he ran a thorough bass to the higher pitches of his companions' humours.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The first explosion over, the squall, still pursuing the hooker, began to roar in thorough bass.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • The expression occurs in his treatise on thorough bass, printed by Spitta, ii.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole
  • There are many little rules to be learnt for giving harmony and melody to our life, but the thorough bass must be—love.

    Thoughts on Life and Religion Friedrich Max Mller
  • Yes, yes, then they are amazed and put their heads together because they never found it in any book on thorough bass.

    Beethoven: the Man and the Artist Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "Good specimens of 'thorough bass,'" she interpolated, laughing.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • "Well, she's not a duffer at thorough bass anyway," Rosa put in.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • The use of these and other similar figures and signs is called figured bass (or thorough bass) notation.

British Dictionary definitions for thorough bass

thorough bass

/beɪs/
noun
1.
  1. Also called basso continuo, 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
  2. (as modifier): a thorough-bass part
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