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plain·song

 (plān′sông′, -sŏng′)
n. Ecclesiastical
1. Gregorian chant.
2. Monophonic medieval liturgical music without strict meter and traditionally sung without accompaniment. In both senses also called plainchant.

[Translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus.]

plainsong

(ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ)
n
(Music, other) the style of unison unaccompanied vocal music used in the medieval Church, esp in Gregorian chant. Also called: plainchant
[C16: translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus]

plain•song

(ˈpleɪnˌsɔŋ, -ˌsɒŋ)

n.
the ancient traditional unisonal music of the Christian Church, having its form set and its use prescribed by ecclesiastical tradition.
[1505–15; translation of Medieval Latin cantus plānus]

plainsong

A nonmetrical church chant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plainsong - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Churchplainsong - a liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church
chant - a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
cantus firmus - a melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition
Translations

plainsong

[ˈpleɪnsɒŋ] Ncanto m llano

plainsong

[ˈpleɪnˌsɒŋ] ncanto piano
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This well-built afternoon programme also includes Elgar's Concert Allegro for piano solo and his Piano Quintet, preceded by the plain-song "Salve Regina" which pervades much of the Quintet's opening movement.
Hearing the Fathers at their plain-song made me for the moment forget the war completely', he wrote in Goodbye To All That, 'I half envied (them) their abbey on the hill, and admired their kindness, gentleness and seriousness.