figured bass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n figured 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
    • Figured bass See Continued bass, under Continued.
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Usage

In literature:

We figure that the Black Bass will be home to-day.
"At the Foot of the Rainbow" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Riemann detaches the eighth notes of the bass figures, as is his wont, for greater clearness.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
The Adagio and Scherzo are built upon the same figure of bass.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
This work will prepare the way for figured basses, and more formal harmony.
"Music As A Language" by Ethel Home
Much was left to the singer, and the accompaniment was sparsely indicated by figures written above a bass.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
Musicians will be able to write out the figured basses, and thus form some idea of the music.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
When the root is not the bass note, figures are sometimes used to show what chord is to be played or written.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
Instead of the national game the class was wrestling with figured bass and the art of descant, and again it groaned aloud.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
He was ciphering in fractions at school, and what most puzzled him were the figures set to the bass.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
A sixth motet has an obligato figured-bass accompaniment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He aired a deep bass voice on the ship, and presented a very noble and manly figure as he held up his end of the quartet.
"The Land of Nome" by Lanier McKee
TITLE-PAGE ORNAMENT, standing nude figure playing double-bass, black background.
"Aubrey Beardsley" by Robert Ross
As they met they stopped face to face, like two figures on a bass relief, neither of them being disposed to yield to the other.
"The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni
Likewise the notation of a Chorale with a figured bass should not be omitted.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
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In news:

Once Gerald Swindle figured out the bass wanted an achingly slow presentation with his lipless crankbait, it was a matter of staying focused and grinding out his first Bassmaster tournament win.
Echols, who competes in CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open tournaments, figures you can't go wrong emulating the bass' No.
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