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Ground Bass: Definition, Composers, Instruments & Examples

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The musical term ground bass refers to which of the following?

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1. Which of the following titles does NOT indicate that the work has a ground bass?

2. When would you be LEAST likely to hear a musical work constructed using ground bass technique?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to understand ground bass. Learn about topics like what ground bass refers to and the types of titles that indicate its presence.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Make proper use of these study tools in order to:

  • Understand the relevance of a ground bass technique
  • Identify what is heard in a piece of music with a ground bass
  • Be able to recognize what is associated with a ground bass composition

Skills Practiced

Use these study guidelines:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a piece of music with a ground bass and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ground bass compositions
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ground bass

Additional Learning

To learn more about ground bass, we have compiled this lesson named Ground Bass: Definition, Composers, Instruments & Examples. The lesson will adhere to the following study points:

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  • Be able to identify ground bass compositions
  • Interpret history of ground bass
  • Name some famous composers who used this technique
  • Recognize types of music which retained influences of ground bass
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