thorough bass

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a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played

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Closely related to the `old' version of the Royall Consort, by virtue of their scoring, are a Paven and two Aires in G minor for two trebles, tenor, bass and thorough bass.
Lorenz Mizler, for instance, writing in 1738, described `our Capellmeister Bach here, who accompanies every thorough bass to a solo so that one thinks it is a piece of concerted music and as if the melody he plays in the right hand were written beforehand'.
He particularly insisted on the writing out of the thorough bass in [four real] parts.