Continuo meaning

kən-tĭn'yo͝o-ō'
An independent bassline, usually realized on a keyboard instrument, in which numerals written underneath the notes indicate the kinds of harmony to be played.
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A continuous bass accompaniment, indicated by a shorthand method in notation, and played as on a harpsichord or organ, esp. in baroque music.
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(music) The bass line of music, especially for a keyboard instrument, that continues throughout a work.
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Origin of continuo

  • Italian from Latin continuus continuous continue
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition