Basso Continuo: Definition & Instruments


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What does the Baroque basso continuo have in common with jazz music's rhythm section?

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1. During what time period did composers write music using the basso continuo technique?

2. What does basso continuo mean and/or refer to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Basso continuo, or 'continuous bass', was a popular type of bass line used during the Baroque era. With these learning assessments, you'll fully understand the characteristics of basso continuo and define key terms such as figured bass and realization.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These interactive learning tools will test you on:

  • Similarities between Baroque basso continuo and the rhythm section in jazz
  • Basso continuo's time period
  • Instruments that perform basso continuo
  • The full meaning of basso continuo
  • The term for a continuo player's performance of a figured bass part

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - learn the key terms and instruments associated with basso continuo
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about classical music to answer questions about basso continuo
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on basso continuo
  • Making connections - understand the musical qualities that basso continuo has in common with modern jazz music

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of continuous bass, watch the accompanying lesson on Basso Continuo. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Define basso continuo and understand its musical purpose
  • Identify the instruments that play basso continuo, such as cello and bassoon
  • Understand how basso continuo works musically
  • Learn what basso continuo has in common with jazz music
  • Understand how musicians perform basso continuo