from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An independent bass line, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played. Also called basso continuo, figured bass, thoroughbass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The bass line of music, especially for a keyboard instrument, that continues throughout a work
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Basso continuo, or continued bass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as figured bass, which see, under bass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
For opera newbies, the continuo is a bassline played continuously (as the name implies) under the recitative or vocal line.
The strings and the continuo lutes had a fiercely tart and tangy sound, deliberately unsensual and arresting.
The chorus of 34 and orchestra 42 players plus a continuo group of eight were superb; a group of the players even performed onstage in costume for the Dream scene.
The orchestra and continuo musicians, led by Grant Gershon, captured the spirit and swing of the music, but then, orchestra players are no strangers to Vivaldi.
The sextet that performed (a pair each of violins and violas, and a continuo pairing of cello and harpsichord) offered a mixed baroque program in which three string sonatas by Tomaso Albinoni were heard alongside concertos and sonatas by Bach and Vivaldi, and by the less-encountered Georg Muffat and Henricus Albicastro.
Italiano · USA: pellegrinaggio continuo sulle orme di Into the wild
Patricia Mabee provided informed harpsichord continuo with an opportunity to shine bright in the fifth concerto's extensive solo cadenza.
Artistic director Aapo Häkkinen anchored the ensemble from the harpsichord, providing a solid rhythmic foundation with his dynamic continuo realization.
Highest praise is due to the four continuo players, ever sensuous and vivid.
Our band included the minimum of strings, we used chamber organ without harpsichord for our continuo group, and fielded a choir of sixteen.