ground bass


Definition of ground bass

: a short bass passage continually repeated below constantly changing melody and harmony

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Recent Examples on the Web Something else, far below the hum of daily pique, resounds through this massive book—a ground bass of doom and dejection. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Heartsick Hilarity of John Berryman’s Letters," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ground bass

1696, in the meaning defined above

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“Ground bass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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