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Meaning of "ground bass" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GROUND BASS

ground bass  [beɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GROUND BASS

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Ground bass is a noun.
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WHAT DOES GROUND BASS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ground bass

Ostinato

In music, an ostinato is a motif or phrase that persistently repeats in the same musical voice, usually at the same pitch. The best-known ostinato-based piece may be Ravel's Boléro. The repeating idea may be a rhythmic pattern, part of a tune, or a complete melody in itself. Both ostinatos and ostinati are accepted English plural forms, the latter reflecting the word's Italian etymology. Strictly speaking, ostinati should have exact repetition, but in common usage, the term covers repetition with variation and development, such as the alteration of an ostinato line to fit changing harmonies or keys. "If the cadence may be regarded as the cradle of tonality, the ostinato patterns can be considered the playground in which it grew strong and self-confident." —Edward E. Lewinsky Within the context of film music, Claudia Gorbman defines an ostinato as a repeated melodic or rhythmic figure, to propel scenes which lack dynamic visual action.

Definition of ground bass in the English dictionary

The definition of ground bass in the dictionary is a short melodic bass line that is repeated over and over again.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GROUND BASS


ace
eɪs
base
beɪs
bass
beɪs
case
keɪs
case-by-case
ˈkeɪsbaɪkeɪs
chase
tʃeɪs
database
ˈdeɪtəˌbeɪs
enlace
ɪnˈleɪs
face
feɪs
grace
ɡreɪs
interface
ˈɪntəˌfeɪs
lace
leɪs
marketplace
ˈmɑːkɪtˌpleɪs
MySpace
ˈmaɪˌspeɪs
place
pleɪs
race
reɪs
replace
rɪˈpleɪs
res
reɪs
showcase
ˈʃəʊˌkeɪs
space
speɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GROUND BASS

ground angle shot
ground attack
ground beef
ground beetle
ground bug
ground cherry
ground cloth
ground colour
ground control
ground cover
ground crew
ground effect
ground elder
ground engineer
ground floor
ground force
ground frost
ground game
ground glass
ground ice

WORDS THAT END LIKE GROUND BASS

black bass
black sea bass
buffo bass
Chilean sea bass
double bass
double-bass
drum and bass
drum´n´bass
figured bass
fish bass
largemouth bass
rock bass
sea bass
slap bass
smallmouth bass
stone bass
string bass
the bass
thorough bass
walking bass

Synonyms and antonyms of ground bass in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «ground bass» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GROUND BASS

Find out the translation of ground bass to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ground bass from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ground bass» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

地面的低音
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

bajo tierra
570 millions of speakers

English

ground bass
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जमीन बास
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

باس الأرض
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

земля бас
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

contrabaixo solo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্থল খাদ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

basse au sol
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bass tanah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Boden Bass
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

グランド低音
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

지상 베이스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Lemah bass
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

trầm mặt đất
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தரையில் பாஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ग्राउंड बेस
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bas bas
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

basso a terra
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

teren bas
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

земля бас
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

bas teren
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

έδαφος μπάσο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

grond bas
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

botten bas
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bakken bass
5 millions of speakers

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GROUND BASS»

Discover the use of ground bass in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ground bass and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Anthology of Musical Forms -- Structure & Style: The Study ...
Ground motive— ground bass — passacaglia— chaconne he ostinato (from Italian, meaning obstinate), also called ground or ground bass, is a recurrent motive or theme which is repeated, usually in the same voice, throughout a composition ...
Stein, Leon
2
Basic Forms in Music
Ground Bass and Bass Ostinato* Of all the variation types possibly the easiest to recognize and hear is the ground bass, or bass ostinato. A short melodic motive is repeated over and over in the bass part as a fixed framework, with new and ...
Charles W. Walton
3
The Cambridge Music Guide
252). Variation, Variation form has been used in all periods of music. The principle behind it is ground bass simple: first state a theme, then embellish it and elaborate it in various ways. The idea of varying a theme goes back, as we have seen, ...
Stanley Sadie, Alison Latham, 1990
4
The Music of Michael Nyman: Texts, Contexts and Intertexts
Greenaway requested a soundtrack similar in construction to In Re Don Giovanni , but based instead on music appropriate to the Baroque parody period-drama setting of the film. The initial plan was to compose a ground bass for each one of  ...
Pwyll ap Siôn, 2007
5
Revisiting Music Theory: A Guide to the Practice
To the knowledgeable listener, the sections are discernable. Ground Bass A form that bridges the gap between sectional form and continuous music is the ground bass. In the ground bass a bass line is repeated many times while upper lines, ...
Alfred Blatter, 2007
6
Ostinato: Ground Bass, Use in Jazz and R & B, Riff Driven, ...
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Gaby Alez, 2012
7
Purcell Studies
Purcell's first opportunity for a riposte was his welcome song for the king's return to Whitehall after the summer remove that same year: Swifter Isis, swifter flow duly contains a full-blown ground-bass air. But it is disappointing. Its bass, imitated ...
Curtis Price, 1995
8
Heinemann Advanced Music
The chaconne can be recognised by its strict ostinato ground bass and it is usually in triple metre and at a slow tempo. The ground bass is relentlessly repeated throughout the composition with little or no melodic variation. Chaconne basses ...
Pam Hurry, Mark Phillips, Mark Richards, 2001
9
Disruptive Divas: Feminism, Identity and Popular Music
"Mary Magdalene": Verse Music Given the context of a repetitive ground-bass pattern, how could Ndegeocello achieve a feeling of dramatic movement or directionality in the music? At a very immediate level, she achieves it with the ground- ...
Lori Burns, Melisse Lafrance, 2013
10
O Let Us Howle Some Heavy Note: Music for Witches, the ...
“Ah! Ah! Ah!” she sighs over an oscillating ground bass figure, “Belinda, I am press'd with torment.” The fourmeasure ground bass (mm. 1–4) that underpins her exclamations of woe is perfectly chosen, simultaneously representing Dido's  ...
Amanda Eubanks Winkler, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GROUND BASS»

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1
US violinist has audience on their feet
... displayed the pure, full tone of her playing, as did the third movement, a Passacaglia, a theme and variations on an unvarying ground bass. «Independent Online, Jun 15»
2
Seven Hours of Grosse Orgel
... of the same composer's Praeludium in G Minor, an incredibly dense bit of counterpoint over an ominous, growling ground bass in the pedal; ... «The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Jun 15»
3
Love Liquor and Lively Souls
“Su la cetra amorosa,” a lengthy ground bass of Tarquinio Merula's was a nice opening showcase for the entire ensemble. The instrumentation ... «The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Jun 15»
4
Homeland Secure with BEMF Ulisse
Tasting victory, the suitors sing a joyful chaconne (ground bass aria). Each tries the bow and fails. Finally, the disguised Ulisse begs to be ... «The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Jun 15»
5
Sydney Symphony Orchestra reviewed: Fresh life given to familiar …
... repeated with meditative variation in a manner that is sometimes reminiscent of baroque embellishments on a ground bass, even though the ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 15»
6
Music Review: Minimal, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
... before moving on to Michael Nyman's 'Chasing Sheep is Best Left to the Shepherds', which takes the ground bass from Purcell's opera King ... «Herald Scotland, May 15»
7
On Meredith Monk's Excellent Weirdness
They both strip music down to an agile descant over a ground bass, intimate meanings encrypted in stray syllables, and conjure up a vivid ... «Vulture, Apr 15»
8
Nelsons's Precision Locomotive
The double basses and contrabassoonist Gregg Henegar played way below the staff, but the growling repeated ground bass stayed ... «The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Apr 15»
9
Cheeky Teeth at Stave Sessions
A repeated series of chords replaces the traditional ground bass of the final movement Passacaglia. Here LeWitt's words return in force, raising ... «The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Mar 15»
10
Concert review: Melvyn Tan displays elan in final act as Artist-in …
What ensued was a continuous set of very short variations on this eight-note ground bass, which got increasingly complex as the work ... «The Straits Times, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Ground bass [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ground-bass>. Nov 2020 ».
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