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thorough bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
Origin of thorough bass
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The author says, The ultimate end and aim of thorough-bass should only be the glory of God and recreation of the mind.

    Bach Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • Murer, after speaking of Pfeiffer, continues as follows: Van den Eeden remained his only teacher in thorough-bass.

  • The exercise-book which he used for instruction in thorough-bass in 1784 is now in the Imperial library at Vienna.

  • Murer seems to know nothing of Neefe when he says that van den Eeden was Beethovens only teacher in thorough-bass.

  • His regular teacher, in those days, was Stadtpfeifer Schmidt, who instructed him in piano and thorough-bass.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • So far as his duties permitted, Herr Neefe has also given him instruction in thorough-bass.

  • I used to play a good deal and worked at thorough-bass for a few years, but nothing came of it.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • Where lies the wonder of the case?A moment's thought detects it; His practice has been thorough-bass,A chord will be his exit.

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • What counter-part could you expect to your music, blockhead, but a thorough-bass of bastinadoes?

    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Religion and thorough-bass are settled things concerning which there should be no disputing.

    Beethoven: the Man and the Artist Ludwig van Beethoven
British Dictionary definitions for thorough-bass

thorough bass

  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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