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continuo

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noun con·tin·uo \kən-ˈtin-yə-ˌwō, -ˈti-nə-\

Definition of continuo

plural

continuos

  1. :  a bass part (as for a keyboard or stringed instrument) used especially in baroque ensemble music and consisting of a succession of bass notes with figures that indicate the required chords —called also figured bass, thoroughbass



Origin and Etymology of continuo

Italian, from continuo continuous, from Latin continuus


First Known Use: circa 1724


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