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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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continuocon‧tin‧u‧o /kənˈtɪnju-əʊ $ -oʊ/ noun (plural continuos) [countable] technical  APMa musical part consisting of a line of low notes with figures showing the higher notes that are played with them
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continuoThe best of the three is Arion, composed for soprano, flute and continuo.Wind players are listed separately from string players, while those who play continuo instruments and accompany singers form yet another unit.Schreier sets a brisk but effective tempo here and the horn and bassoons with continuo are first-rate.
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