figured_bass has definitions from the fields of music,fine art
[ noun ] (music,fine art) a bass part in which the notes have numbers under them to indicate the chords to be played

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(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

Also , it should be noted that the polytonal freedom of his melodies and harmonic modulations , the brilliant orchestrations , the adroitness for evading the heaviness of figured_bass , the skill in florid counterpoint were not lost in his mature output , even in the spectacular historical dramas of the stage and cinema , where a large , dramatic canvas of sound was required .

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