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thorough bass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thorough bass a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thorough bass See Thorough bass.
    • Thorough bass (Mus) The representation of chords by figures placed under the base; figured bass; basso continuo; -- sometimes used as synonymous with harmony.
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Usage

In literature:

The rules of Thorough Bass can be applied to his scale of flight no more than they can to the planetary system.
"Essays Before a Sonata" by Charles Ives
The first explosion over, the squall, still pursuing the hooker, began to roar in thorough bass.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Dickens must certainly have had much experience of basses, as he seems to know their habits and eccentricities so thoroughly.
"Charles Dickens and Music" by James T. Lightwood
Buck, though intended for commercial life, borrowed a work on thorough-bass and a flute and proceeded to try the wings of his muse.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
This lady is a graduate in thorough-bass and harmony from Warren's Conservatory of Chicago.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
Clare is learning thorough bass and singing.
"The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2)" by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
Fifteen Solos for a German flute, oboe or violin, with a thorough-bass for harpsichord or bass violin (27) 1724.
"Handel" by Romain Rolland
Royal musicians who have studied Thorough Bass are sometimes formidable critics.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)" by Carl Engel
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In news:

He's a member of the six-man German DJ/producer team Jazzanova, whose time-traveling, globe-trotting sound -- a deft amalgam of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, samba, house and drum and bass -- thoroughly defies description.
Thoroughly blue-collar in attitude, Watt rarely turns down jobs (he recorded bass for Kelly Clarkson's My December in 2007) and values extensive woodshedding.
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