from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In music, a bass consisting of the tonic, or of the tonic and dominant, sounded continuously throughout a piece. It is frequently employed for a pastoral effect.
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It carries a musette of which old Father Bach need not have felt ashamed, -- one of the most ingenious examples of a drone-bass ever written.
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