Figured Bass Notation: Principle & Examples


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Another name for figured bass notation, which is often found in Baroque music, is _____.

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1. Figured bass was a shorthand system of using numbers under notes on the bass line. It could by played by what kind of instruments?

2. Similar to playing some music in jazz, in Baroque music, the figured bass notation was a guide for someone who might be improvising the moving bass line. What does the term 'improvising' mean?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz will assess how much you know about figured bass notation. Main subject areas on the quiz include another term for figured bass notation and the kind of instruments that can play this music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For the quiz, you'll be covering the following:

  • 'Improvising' in figured bass notation
  • A German Baroque composer who was known for sacred works like masses and cantatas
  • Term for the moving bass line in Baroque music

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the instruments that can play figured bass notation and the term for a moving bass line in Baroque music
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define 'improvising'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding another way of referring to figured bass notation

Additional Learning

To learn more about the bass in music, you can review the lesson titled Figured Bass Notation: Principle & Examples. These points will be addressed:

  • Definition of 'bass line'
  • Baroque period from 1600-1750
  • Notes in a chord and typical chords
  • Figured bass inversion