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  Figured bass
Figured bass, or thoroughbass, is a kind of integer musical notation used to indicate intervallic content (the intervals which make up a sonority), later chords, in relation to a bass note.
Today the most common use of figured bass notation is to indicate the inversion, however, often without the staff notation, using letter note names followed with the figure, for instance the bass note C in 64 figured bass
A part notated with figured bass consists of a bass-line notated in the normal western manner (with notes on a musical staff) plus added numbers and accidentals beneath the staff to indicate at what intervals above the bass notes should be played, and therefore which inversions of which chords are to be played.
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  Figured bass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Figured bass, or thoroughbass, is a kind of integer musical notation used to indicate intervals, chords, and nonchord tones, in relation to a bass note.
Figured bass is closely associated with basso continuo, an accompaniment used in almost all genres of music in the Baroque period.
The figured bass, therefore, was integral to the development of the Baroque, by extension the ”classical”, and by further extension most subsequent musical styles.
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 Figured bass Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Figured bass is a kind of musical notation used to indicate chordss in relation to a bass note.
Figured bass is most often found in basso continuo parts in Baroque music, where the harpsichordist, lutenist or whoever is playing the chords in the continuo part, will employ it.
A part notated with figured bass consists of a bass-line notated in the normal western manner (with notes on a musical staff) plus added numbers and accidentals beneath the staff to indicate at what intervalss above the bass notes should be played, and therefore which inversions of which chords are to be played.
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 Figured bass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Figured bass is a kind of musical notation usedto indicate chords in relation to a bass note.
Figured bass is most often found in basso continuo parts in Baroque music, where the harpsichordist, lutenist or whoever is playing the chords in the continuopart, will employ it.
A part notated with figured bass consists of a bass-line notated in the normal western manner (with notes on a musical staff) plus added numbers and accidentals beneath the staff to indicate at what intervals above the bass notes should be played, and therefore whichinversions of which chords are to be played.
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 Bass (musical term) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bass (IPA: [beɪs], rhyming with "face"), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency or range.
Played in an ensemble/orchestra, such notes are frequently used to provide a counterpoint or counter-melody, in an harmonic context either to outline or juxtapose the progression of the chords, or with percussion to underline the rhythm.
As a noun, a bass is a musical instrument or singer with a low range.
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Musically the adoption of the figured bass represents a larger change in musical thinking - namely that harmony, that is "taking all of the parts together" was as important as the linear part of polyphony.
This led to changes in the way music was performed, the most crucial of which was the move to standard instrumental groups, and the reduction in the importance of the "continuo", the harmonic fill beneath the music, often played by several instruments.
Direct influence of the Baroque continued to fade: the figured bass grew less prominent as a means of holding performance together, the performance practices of the mid 18th century continued to die out.
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Figured bass is a kind of musical notation used to indicate chord s in relation to a bass note.
Figured bass is most often found in basso continuo parts in Baroque music, where the harpsichord ist, lute nist or whoever is playing the chords in the continuo part, will employ it.
For example: Here, the bass note is a C, and the numbers 4 and 6 indicate that notes a fourth and a sixth above it should be played, that is an F and an A. In other words, the second inversion of an F major chord is to be played.
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Figured bass is a kind of musical notation used to indicate chords in relation to a bass note.
A part notated with figured bass consists a bass-line notated in the normal western (with notes on a musical staff) plus added numbers and accidentals beneath the staff to indicate at intervals above the bass notes should be and therefore which inversions of which chords to be played.
Here the bass note is a C the numbers 4 and 6 indicate that a fourth and a sixth above it be played that is an F and A. In other words the second inversion an F major chord is to be
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 Dolmetsch Online - Music Theory Online - Figured Bass
The main reason for showing it at all is that not only are the harmonies of the 'figured bass' realised but additional counterpoint is also added freely, a testament to what would have been expected from a keyboard player of the time.
It should be remembered that the figures give the contents of a chord and not their position on the stave.
Figured bass, with or without Roman numerals, identifies the notes above the actual bass note by the interval between that note and the actual bass note.
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 Chords
These added, improvised chords are called a realization.These figured bass symbols are the basis for the inversion symbols we use with roman numerals in order to represent chords.
Figured bass indicates the bass note and the intervals above that note.
Figured bass, combined with Roman Numeral analysis, provides a complete method of specifying a harmony so that one may discuss how it functions.
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Figures indicate the interval above the bass of the note which characterises the chord.
When the bass has short notes, it is often only necessary to play chords on the main beats, perhaps supplemented by thirds or tenths with the bass.
The flattening of the third is made on the assumption that the composer was thinking in terms of G minor, despite the one-flat signature, and that the change to the D major of the next bar should not be anticipated.
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A second inversion triad--the fifth of the chord is in the bass.
A second inversion seventh chord--the fifth of the chord is in the bass.
A third inversion seventh chord--the seventh of the chord is in the bass.
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 Figured bass: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Figured bass is closely associated with basso continuo, EHandler: no quick summary.
The double bass is a musical instrument, the largest and lowest-tuned member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the violin, viola,...
A form of figured bass is used in notation of accordion accordion quick summary:
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 AllRefer.com - figured bass (Music: Theory, Forms, And Instruments) - Encyclopedia
figured bass, in music, a system of shorthand notation in which figures are written below the notes of the bass part to indicate the chords to be played.
The harpsichord's part in sonatas was indicated by a figured bass, and the harpsichord and the organ are usually played from a figured bass in the vocal works of Bach and Handel.
After the time of Bach, with the development of the symphony, the figured bass disappeared except for limited use in opera and as a device for teaching harmony.
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 MTO 8.3: Dineen, Figured Bass and Modulation: The *Wiener-Tonshule* of Joseph Preindl
If, by close definition, a figured bass is simply a bass line with appended integers indicating pitches the upper voices should play, and accordingly a treatise on figured bass concerns itself only with the correct realization of such indications, then modulation is irrelevant in both study and application.
Preindl's patterns are bass patterns primarily: accordingly we might go so far as to say the bass is the principal focal point of the logic; the upper-voice patterns complement the bass in confirming the shift of key.
The benefit of Preindl's scalar bass patterns to the student, especially the student faced with creating "preambles" and "fantasies," is clear: learning to improvise a few patterns of this sort, like learning to read a figured bass, is a finite skill, to be applied where requisite.
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 figured bass on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
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FIGURED BASS [figured bass] in music, a system of shorthand notation in which figures are written below the notes of the bass part to indicate the chords to be played.
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Figured bass symbols are a subclass of lyrics, so they are entered and adjusted in a similar way.
After the Figured Bass is entered, the Entry Cursor is incremented to the next note in the current voice.
The Command for figured bass begins with "F" (an uppercase F) and is followed by the figures (with each row in the figure separated by a comma).
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 figured bass - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about figured bass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
In 18th-century music, notation of a leading harpsichord or organ part indicating the bass line in standard notation, and the remaining music by numeric chord indications, allowing the player to fill in as necessary.
It arose because the keyboard player often doubled as conductor, and is still practised by session musicians.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
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 Music 15100 | Resources
Figured bass is a notational shorthand developed in the early seventeenth century for ensemble music.
Any and all departures from the notated key signature were indicated in the bass, even when these applied to intervals (such as 3rds and 5ths) that were normally left out of the figures.
When all is said and done, performers of the time relied on their knowledge of the style to interpret a figured bass, and we must do the same when we encounter this notation.
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 Figured Bass
Figured bass is a system, developed during the baroque period, for indicating what chords should be played with a melody.
That bass instrument might be a viola da gamba or a bassoon.
In other words, the figured bass player was required to improvise a chordal accompaniment for the piece.
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In time, he figured, he would put it in his boat.
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 Tom Pankhurst's TonalityGUIDE (pilot project): Template   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Figured bass was developed in the baroque period as a practical short hand for keyboard players, and music analysts often use it in addition to Roman numerals to help identify chords.
It would be figured 5, 3 but because this is the presumed chord there is no need to include any figuring.
As with other figures it is only necessary to include figures that would not be presumed in any case, so it is not necessary to figure the 5 in the first suspension and the 3 in the second.
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 Unit03_Triad_in_Inversion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-23)
Historically figured bass was used by composers in writing music and by performers in playing compositions.
Figured bass, as such, is not used by composers today, but it is still found in some literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Figured bass also has value in that a student can use it learn effective part writing procedures.
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 Roman numeral and figured bass 2
One must remember that figured bass was a notational convention used separately from Roman numerals.
For example, the minor tonic triad in a major key, labeled "i" with a Roman numeral, would be marked with a flat sign in figured bass, the flat sign referring to lowered third in the triad.
The sharp symbol in the figure means "raised," not necessarily "sharp." The distinction lies in theory, not notation.
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