the part of a baroque score (figured bass part) played on two instruments (generally organ / harpsichord and cello / bassoon; the musicians who play this part.
foundation for improvised chords that fill in harmony.
The "rhythm section" of the Baroque period. It included one bass instrument (cello, bassoon, etc.) and one chord instrument (harpsichord, organ, lute, etc.). It was used throughout most of the music of the Baroque period. The most common combination was harpsichord and cello. ( Lesson 7, Page 2) HEAR IT
a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
Italian for "continuous bass". See figured bass. Also refers to performance group with a bass, chordal instrument (harpsichord, organ), and one bass melody instrument (cello, bassoon).
music that is played by one or more bass instruments and a keyboard instrument; it is one of the most distinct features of the Baroque era
"Continuous Bass", sometimes referred to as "thorough bass". Used in Baroque music, A continuo is a bass line that repeats throughout an entire work, or section of a work. Played by the lowest instrument, a continuo usually consisted of a bass line, and a series of figures.
bass line and axxompanying chords for keyboard instruments, used extensively in the Baroque period