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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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The organist is excellent in the way he always separates out themes, citation of plainsongs and Czech sacred songs from the flow of the music.
Appendixes provide plainsongs used as cantus firmi, brief descriptions and bibliographies for each source, and a thorough textual commentary.
For the first time, we can examine a chronologically continuous series of works extending from the "broken" plainsong settings of the 1530s through the equal-note, chant-based works of the 1550s and 1560s to the dances and variations of Elizabeth's reign.