One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bass line with the intended harmonies indicated by figures rather than written out as chords, typical of continuo parts in baroque music.
- ‘Dr Sawkins added a figured bass line. He made 1,139 corrections and additions to the notation necessary to make the music playable;’
- ‘The Sabilla Novello volume mentioned earlier gives a pretty comprehensive grounding in figured bass.’
- ‘Schenkerian graphs also typically contain analytical markings such as Roman numerals for the harmony, scale-degree numbers and occasionally figured bass and analysis brackets.’
- ‘Otherwise, composing instruction in the mid-19th century seems to have stuck stubbornly to a mixture of figured bass and so-called strict counterpoint.’
- ‘So actually, beyond Bach, what was the ground bass, or the figured bass, actually evolves, and takes on new forms in later forms of composition.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.