What is the difference between basso continuo and figured bass?

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What is the difference between basso continuo and figured bass?

Basso continuo refers to a continuous bass line with improvised harmonies in Baroque period music. The term can also refer to the instruments that play the bass line and harmonies. … In figured bass, chords are indicated by numbers written below the bass line.

Q. Is Basso a word?

noun, plural bas·sos, Italian bas·si [bahs-see]. Music. a person who sings bass; a bass.

Q. Where is Basso located?


Q. What is a basso ostinato?

Ground bass, also called basso ostinato (Italian: “obstinate bass”), in music, a short, recurring melodic pattern in the bass part of a composition that serves as the principal structural element.

Q. What does 2 mean in figured bass?

2. A forward slash through a number (very rare) • A natural symbol (/) simply means that the note should be made a natural regardless of the key signature or any other accidentals in the measure.

Q. How can you tell a figured bass?

Realizing a Figured Bass. “Realizing” a figured bass means “making it real” or, filling out the four-part harmony by adding a tenor, alto and soprano part. Simply building up chords according the figures is not enough though, unfortunately!

Q. What does a 7 mean in figured bass?

A seventh chord in root position would be 7/5/3 if completely figured. In practice this is abbreviated to just “7.” A seventh chord in first inversion would be 6/5/3, and is abbreviated to 6/5. A seventh chord in second inversion would be 6/4/3, and is abbreviated to 4/3.

Q. What is a Cadential 64?

The cadential 6 4 is a melodic and harmonic formula that often appears at the end of phrases in music of the common practice period. Typically, it consists of a decoration of the dominant chord by displacing both its third and fifth by a step above.

Q. What does a 6 mean in figured bass?

Therefore, a bass note with a “6” beneath it automatically means that that bass note represents the third of a chord, and that there will be two notes — one at an interval of a 3rd, and one at an interval of a 6th — above it. (Please note that these numbers refer to intervals, and not to chord members.

Q. What does 8 mean in figured bass?

The 8 is just an octave above the bass note. If you see “8”, that means you play the triad with the root doubled somewhere. In this case, G-B-D-G (or G-G-B-D, or G-D-G-B, etc.). The 7 makes the chord into a seventh chord.

Q. What is a 9 8 suspension?

Noun. 9-8 suspension (plural 9-8 suspensions) (music) a suspension that consists of the ninth chord tone that resolves to the eighth (or the one).

Q. What is the name for the lowest sounding voice of a triad?


Q. What is a V8 chord?

V8-7 means that the dominant seventh enters after the chord sounds initially, and comes as a passing tone from scale degree 8 (also 1), the tonic. In C major, the V chord in four voices is G-B-D-G. When the top G moves to F while the bass remains G, you have a V8-7 motion.

Q. Why is it called a 7th chord?

The name comes from the fact that the flat seventh occurs naturally in the chord built upon the dominant (i.e., the fifth degree) of a given major diatonic scale. The note G is the dominant degree of C major—its fifth note. … The note F is a minor seventh from G, and is also called the dominant seventh with respect to G.

Q. Why is it called a dominant chord?

The reason behind its name “dominant seventh chord” is because, in a C7 chord, the B flat is the 7th note of the C dominant scale (also known as the Mixolydian scale). … The dominant is also spelled in roman numeral, like this: V. A dominant seventh chord is a chord built upon the dominant of a major diatonic scale.

Q. What does V V mean in music?

secondary dominant

Q. What does V mean in chords?

The V chord being the most dominant route to resolve back to the I chord. Your example of the “V of the V chord” (noted V/V) is a Secondary Dominant chord, which is a borrowed chord from another key. In the key of C major, the dominant is G. In the key of G major, the dominant is D.

Q. What is V chord?

The v chord, when derived from the notes of the natural minor scale, falls as a minor triad or minor 7th chord. For example, in the key of A Minor the chord built on the fifth of the scale is an Em (E G B) or Em7 (E G B D). The notes in these chords all come from the A natural minor scale.

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