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thorough bass

[beys] /beɪs/
noun, Music.
2.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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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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