basso continuo definition

  • noun:
    • See continuo.
    • The constant realization of equilibrium throughout a musical piece, usually by a harpsichord and/or cello. Abbreviation: bc.
    • A bass part written out continuously, even though the other areas of this equilibrium tend to be indicated by figures connected to the bass; proceeded bass.
    • just like figured bass (which see, under bass).
    • a bass part written call at full and followed by figures to point the chords become played

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